Make no mistake, McPherson High boys soccer coach Chris Adrian would much rather be playing at home on Tuesday instead of making the near 3-hour trip to Louisburg.
After all, his team is 8-0 at McPherson Stadium and allowed only two goals.
But as long as the Bullpups are in the Class 4-1A state field of eight, that’s all he cares about.
The Bullpups and Louisburg meet at 5 p.m. in a matchup of 13-5 teams. The winner advances to Olathe for the Final Four that begins on Friday.
Also in this part of the state, Andover Central (15-3) hosts Hays (12-6). Tonight, Miege (15-1-1) entertains Sumner (12-2-1) and then on Tuesday, undefeated Tonganoxie (16-0-2) hosts Spring Hill (12-6).
On Friday, the higher seed from the East plays the lower seed from the West and vice versa for the other semifinal game.
The Bullpups advanced to state with a 3-1 victory last Thursday over arch-rival Buhler. MHS trailed 1-0 at the half, but struck for three goals in the first 8 minutes after the break and dominated the game with a 12-2 advantage in shots.
Louisburg advanced with a 1-0 victory over Independence.
Adrian knows that at this point in the year, all the teams remaining are strong.
“Louisburg is a really good team and the fact that we have to make the long drive there presents some challenges, but I know these Bullpups are up for the challenge,” he said. “Louisburg has a squad with a lot of depth and several quick, creative players that we will have to keep in check. They are really well coached and defend as a team.”
Adrian said the regional championship win has given the team confidence.
“That Buhler game Thursday has really provided this team with a shot of life and they seem to be full of energy and motivated right now,” he said. “We will need to build off of our Regional Championship performance and play as a team.”