Here we go again.
McPherson High versus Bishop Miege.
The defending state champion Stags are all that stand between MHS’ boys soccer team and a spot in the Class 4-1 state title game.
The two gold standard programs meet at 5 p.m. on Friday in Olathe, with the winner to play either Spring Hill or Andover Central on Saturday for the championship.
The Stags, 16-1-1 on the season, have been a dominant program in Kansas for years and nothing has changed this year.
“Bishop Miege is one of the strongest teams in all classes,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team is 14-5. “They are returning the majority of their team from last year when they won the state championship. They pass the ball better than anyone we’ve played this year and have several creative attacking players. We know what we are up against, but these Bullpups are confident and know that they can compete against anyone. We have been battle-tested this postseason and it has really brought this team together. We are going to have to play intelligently Friday night and take our opportunities when we get them.”
The Bullpups have a balanced offensive team, with Darrius Armstrong (16 goals) and Britton Haigh (13) the only players with double-digit goals. Drew Schrader leads in assists with 8 and Nathan Lloyd has 60 saves and 9 shutouts in goal.
The last time the teams met Miege nipped the Bullpups 1-0 in the 2013 state semifinals. MHS also was a Final Four participant in 2012, losing in the semifinals to Tonganoxie.
Andover Central (16-3) is favored in the other semifinal against Spring Hill (13-6), which upset previously undefeated Tonganoxie in the quarterfinals.
Saturday’s state title game is set for 2 p.m., with a third-place match at noon.