It was little more than a stat-stuffer for the McPherson High boys soccer team on Tuesday as it overwhelmed winless Circle 10-0 in a game halted with 29 minutes remaining due to the mercy rule.
It was one of those games where the Bullpups actually take away very little, other than seeing the ball go consistently into the net to raise their confidence level.
The Bullpups are now 10-2 heading into the final quarter of the regular season as they continue to jockey for position for postseason play as Class 5A glitters with top-notch teams.
It was a no-contest almost from the outset, though Circle played aggressive early to keep it close for the first 10 minutes. But MHS leashed a barrage of goals midway through the half and tried to end the game by intermission, but came up a goal short with a 9-0 lead.
“There was a 5-minute stretch there where we just pelted him (Circle goalie Trevor Hammer) and a couple of their center-backs with some shots,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “You’ve got to give them some credit. I’d imagine it would be real easy (to say) when it’s 7, 8-0 with 10 minutes left, we haven’t won a game this year to fold and not go hard, but credit to them and their coach (Andrew Stauffer) for keeping them going.”
The T-Birds did start the second half stingy as it took MHS 11 minutes to finally reach the stopping point.
“We played down to their level a little bit today, to be honest,” said Adrian, as Circle had entered the game having been outscored 82-2.
The Bullpups spread the wealth as eight different players scored. Jael Jaime and Cody Achilles led the way with two goals apiece, while single tallies were achieved by Samy Jaime, Drew Schrader, Caden Hardgrave, Tyler Hoxie, Trenton Stecklein and Britton Haigh.
Achilles was officially credited with three assists, and Schrader and Jael Jaime had two. Hoxie also passed off for a score.
Nathan Lloyd was called on to make just a single save, while MHS unloaded 20 shots on goal.
The Bullpups will welcome Thursday’s open date as they have played a lot of games in a short time. Winfield comes to town on Tuesday.
The MHS JVs had a rousing night with an 11-0 win as nearly every player got into the act.
Jovanny Ontiveros was the headliner with three goals, while Gavinn Henry and Drew Wilson scored two apiece. Also scoring were Juan Matias, Conner Olson, Adolfo Ontiveros and Kadyn McVicker.
Olson led in assists with three, while Wilson, Adolfo Ontiveros, Michael Martin, McVicker and Josh Everhart also were credited with assists.