Bullpup kickers sharp in 3-0 5th-place win

By Steve Sell
September 14, 2014

MAIZE — McPherson High’s soccer team captured the fifth-place game of the Maize South Invitational on Saturday with a 3-0 blanking of Wichita Independent.

Andric McGill, coming off a hat trick, scored two more goals and Ethan VanDorn added the other. VanDorn also notched an assist, while Patrick Munsey set up McGill for both of his goals.

The Bullpups were efficient as they scored on three of their eight attempts on goal. MHS dominated the game offensively, as Sam Minnick was pressed for just one save.

“The score was 3-0, but the game really wasn’t that close,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said.  “Independent came out very defensive and we kept the ball on their half for much of the game. They were very organized and tough to break down. Today was just one of those games where we simply could not finish in front of the goal. I believe we had at least three shots that hit the post, one from Patrick in the first 5 minutes that really would have changed the game.”

The Bullpups are now 3-1-1 and complete a six-game road gauntlet to open the season on Tuesday when they play at Winfield. This has turned into a really nice rivalry over the years as the Vikings have fielded some quality teams.

“This team is quickly improving and making progress, especially on the defensive end,” Adrian said. “We actually still have not given up a goal during the run of play yet. The defense has only let in two in the first five games, one from a PK (penalty kick) and one from a free kick. On the offensive side, our movements and passes are getting better, we just have to be more consistent at taking our chances and putting the ball in the back of the net.”

MHS does have a home game later this week when it hosts Salina South on Thursday.

“I can’t remember what it feels like to play a game at home,” said Adrian, whose team will be home much of October.