Bullpup kickers pound Circle, 5-0

By Steve Sell
October 22, 2014
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TOWANDA — Two down, one to go.

McPherson High’s busy soccer week continued Tuesday with a 5-0 blanking of Circle, which seemed to be more intent on keeping the score close rather than winning the game.

“Our ball movement tonight was slow and predictable,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team is now 8-5-2 after winning for the second time in less than 24 hours. “I know what these boys can do and am going to push them to reach their potential. Circle did have something to do with the way we played tonight. They packed it in and tried to keep the game close. I don’t know if Sam (MHS goalie Minnick) ever even touched the ball with his hands. We had chances to really put them away early, but their keeper made some great 1-on-1 saves.”

The Bullpups spread the wealth, as five different players scored — Patrick Munsey and Ethan VanDorn during a 2-0 first half, then Darrius Armstrong, Jose Arriola and Devin Cape tallied after intermission.

VanDorn and Warren were credited with assists.

“Some positives I took from the game are we scored five  goals without Andric (leading scorer McGill) scoring,” Adrian said. “We have been relying on him a bit too much lately, so it was good to see some other players step up and finish. Our freshmen, Devin Cape and Darrius Armstrong, both had awesome games tonight. They are playing aggressive and full of confidence. Kento Aizawa and Kaden Warren were also two players that played a great game, but don’t get a lot of recognition.”

The Bullpups now close out the regular season at home Thursday against arch-rival Buhler.

“Next up we have Buhler, which will be a great game to finish the regular season with and start preparing for postseason,” Adrian said. “Their record is not as strong as it normally is, but that doesn’t mean anything. We know that when this game comes around, both teams are going to be treating it like a must-win game and I’m sure it will be a competitive match.”

The MHS JVs came away with a 3-0 victory behind Jackson Lloyd, who scored two goals. Joe Cox had the other and Carson George marked in the assist column.