McPherson High girls soccer coach Chris Adrian has learned never to take anything for granted.
Even though a first-round regional victory over Augusta here Tuesday would appear to be a foregone conclusion, Adrian knows his young team will have to do more than just go through the motions in the 7 p.m. game at McPherson Stadium.
“My thoughts on Augusta is that it’s not a game we are going to overlook,” Adrian said. “Yes, we have beaten them twice this year, but it’s always hard to beat a team three times. They know our team really well and what to expect, so I’m sure they have been working on ways to slow our attack down just like we have been game planning for them.”
The Bullpups are 7-8-1 on the year, but finished strong by going 5-2-1 after the midway point of the season. They have routed Augusta twice and Adrian is hoping the Bullpups are sharp so they can carry some momentum into Thursday’s regional final at Wichita Trinity.
“At this point of the season you want to be playing your best soccer, so we are focused on playing our best game of the season on Tuesday,” Adrian said.
A boost will be the return of senior starting goalie Shaelah White, who has missed the latter stages of the season with a knee injury. She’s been cleared to play, though freshman Sydney Ruder filled in admirably. Ruder, however, is very strong in the field, as she’s one of the Bullpups’ most versatile players.
“Having Shaelah back from injury means we are also going into the postseason almost full strength, which is always nice,” Adrian said.