WINFIELD — McPherson High’s soccer team will bring a bucket load of momentum into Thursday’s home opener against Class 5A power Salina South.
The Bullpups certainly will be energized after a 3-1 victory Tuesday over Winfield, which has become one of their chief rivals in recent years as the teams have played some competitive games.
But not this one, according to MHS coach Chris Adrian.
“This was one of the most dominating two-goal games I’ve been a part of and was definitely our best played game of the season,” said Adrian, whose team takes a 4-1-1 record into its home debut. “We played with much more patience than we have in some of our other games. The team completed passes much better.”
MHS’ Ethan VanDorn scored two goals and Jose Arriola had the other. All were unassisted as the Bullpups took 10 shots on the frame while keeping the ball away from Winfield, making goalie Sam Minnick’s job much easier as he had to turn back only one attempt.
“In the second half, the team really started to click,” Adrian said. “There was a about a 20-minute stretch where I don’t think Winfield had possession of the ball on our half. On numerous occasions, we put together at least 10 passes in a row. We didn’t force the issue and made the ball do the work, which led to some real enjoyable soccer to watch. We still need to work on turning possession into goals because this game really should have been at least 5-0.”
There were numerous contributors, according to Adrian.
“Ethan VanDorn scored a great goal after anticipating a rebound,” Adrian said. “Jose Arriola played another great game and got a goal which he really deserved. Ethan then put the game away with 2 minutes left off a free kick. Jeremy Krehbiel and Kaden Warren also played really good games.”
Adrian is pleased to be home now for seven of the last 10 games.
“After six away games to start the season, I’m pleased with the progress this team has made,” Adrian said. “We are becoming much more organized and the players are gaining confidence in each other. Thursday will bring a great test when we play Salina South. They are returning the majority of the team which beat us last year in the Maize South championship game.”
The MHS JV team was edged 2-1, with Joe Cox scoring the Bullpup goal.