The good news is McPherson High’s Andric McGill and Patrick Munsey form one of the best 1-2 soccer duos in the state.
The even-better news is that both are just sophomores.
The outrageously athletic McGill was simply stunning Tuesday night with a hat trick, while the relentless Munsey added a goal and two assists to spark the Bullpups to a 6-0 rout in the perfect tune-up game prior to Thursday’s highly anticipated showdown here with Dodge City.
The Bullpups moved to 5-4-1 and finally unleashed a barrage of goals after experiencing a scoring malaise in recent games. They floored the Bluejays with five first-half goals before taking the foot off the gas in the second half.
“This is a team that just got done beating Hays (which MHS has lost to and split against this year) 2-0,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “They’ve beaten some good teams and had a really good year. They’ve got more wins this year than they have had in a long time. They’re a good team. We’ve been practicing finishing (goals) for what feels like the last two weeks and once the first one went in, there was no doubt we were just going to keep scoring. You saw a lot more confidence in front of the net in our players... we made it a lot more simpler in front of the net.”
Munsey, whose motor seemingly never stops, put MHS on the board less than 5 minutes into the game, then assisted Ethan VanDorn on a goal 7 minutes later to make it 2-0.
The Bullpups then unfurled a three-goal flurry in a 7-minute stretch before the half, two of them by McGill, who is one of the state’s most impressive talents with his combination of speed and foot skills. The other goal came from Jose Arriola.
After a meandering second half, McGill completed his hat trick with just under 10 minutes remaining.
“His runs today is what pleased me the most,” Adrian said of McGill. “He was making really good, aggressive runs through and using his speed finally. Today he was running through and creating a lot. Patrick was playing some good balls to him. The combination play between those two was finally looking like more what I thought it can look like.”
The MHS JVs won 2-0 behind Devin Cape, who scored both goals. Carson George assisted on one of them.
The MHS-Dodge City game on Thursday has been changed. The JVs will play at 3:30, with the varsity going at 5 due to the long trip for Red Demons.