HAYS — McPherson High soccer coach Chris Adrian knew Thursday’s road game with Hays would be no walkover like Tuesday’s when the Bullpups scored 11 first-half goals in a 40-minute game.
Hays perhaps brought a sense of reality to the Bullpups as the teams battled through regulation and overtime without coming to a conclusion for a 1-1 tie.
“I think we came out maybe a little overconfident in the game today after what we did to Mulvane earlier in the week,” Adrian said. “Yes, it was hot and windy and playing at Hays is never easy, but we simply did not play hard enough to deserve the win. If we are going to be successful we have to bring our A-game every single game.”
Hays scored first on a penalty kick, but the Bullpups eventually broke through in the second half on a goal by Andric McGill, assisted by Ethan VanDorn.
“The players responded well by coming back and tying the game after giving up a controversial penalty kick, but we made silly mental errors all game long which hurt us,” Adrian said. “Hopefully this will be a wake-up call for the boys. We get six days until our next game which happens to be against Hays again (in the Maize South Invitational). We are going to work extremely hard to prepare for that game and will be ready for the rematch.”
The MHS JVs also played to a 1-1 tie, with Devin Cape scoring the Bullpups’ goal.