“Buhler Week” continues on Thursday at McPherson Stadium as McPherson High hosts the Crusaders in what should be a titanic soccer showdown.
The action begins at 6:30 p.m. with a JV game starting at 5:00. Those unable to make it can listen to 96.7 KBBE with “Voice of the Bullpups” Jim Joyner on the call.
MHS is 7-3 on the season, but has lost back-to-back home games. It basically had a walkover on Tuesday with a 10-0 shellacking of El Dorado that was called at halftime due to the point-rule.
Buhler has been strong, including a tie with Andover Central, which handed the Bullpups their most recent home loss.
“Buhler has some serious talent and plays hard,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Last year really ignited this rivalry game when Buhler came back to win our regular-season matchup 2-1 claiming the league title. It was our first loss to Buhler in over 5 years I believe. We were then able to get our revenge in the postseason when we came back to win 3-1 for the regional championship. I guarantee that’s a game Buhler still remembers well and will be using as fuel for Thursday’s matchup.”
Adrian says it’s important for his team to re-establish the home dominance it enjoyed last year when it didn’t lose at the friendly confines.
“It’s an important game for us, not just because of league implications, but because we have dropped a couple close ones at home recently which I thought we should have won,” Adrian said. “The game is going to feel as close to a postseason match as we get during the regular season and I look forward to seeing how these ‘Pups respond.”
The Bullpups have had some players missing the last couple of games and hope to be closer to full strength on Thursday.
“We’ve got a couple players that are going to be game-time decisions, but something tells me they are not going to want to sit and watch this game,” Adrian said.
Buhler comes in 6-2-2, the losses coming to Salina South and Garden City, both by 1-0 counts. Its tie other than Andover Central was with county rival Hutchinson.