There’s been very few instances in recent years when McPherson High’s soccer team has entered a home game as an underdog.
But that’s the case Tuesday.
The Bullpups are back home to entertain Rose Hill, which currently has a stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking in Class 4A and is playing much like the team that lost in the state championship game last year to Miege.
“We realize we are underdogs going into this game, but the players are really excited about the challenge and are ready for the game,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said.
The Bullpups are 4-3-1 at the halfway point of the season, but actually have played only one official home game. They were to have played Augusta here last Tuesday, but lightning forced the game to be postponed, to be made up on Oct. 20. All three of MHS’ losses have been by 1-0 scores.
Adrian has the utmost respect for the Rockets, who have far more players back from last year than MHS, which lost nine starters.
“Rose Hill will be the best team we have seen this year,” Adrian said. “This will be the biggest game of our regular season and most likely decide who wins league. As a coach, I am really anxious and ready for this game as well. We typically match up well with Rose Hill and play our best soccer against them, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
The varsity game has a 7:30 p.m. start at McPherson Stadium, with the JV game at 6.