Senior Night ceremonies for McPherson High’s soccer team here Thursday were short and sweet.
Ethan VanDorn was the only senior in the Class of 2015 to complete four years with the program and, appropriately, he got into the scoring act during the Bullpups’ easy 4-0 victory over Buhler in the regular-season finale.
VanDorn’s goal came 9 minutes into the second half and he displayed tremendous emotion afterward, as it was obvious being the lone wolf was important to him.
“That was awesome. He played great tonight, too,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team will take a 9-5-2 record into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. regional playoff game, with the opponent to be determined.
The Bullpups had few hiccups in this game as they dominated from start to finish. Even without starters Andric McGill and Hadley Hageman, who sat out for precautionary reasons to allow their respective injuries to heal, MHS had plenty of offense.
Patrick Munsey and Jose Arriola scored first-half goals, with VanDorn and Munsey scoring in the second half. Munsey, Arriola and Jackson Lloyd were credited with assists.
“If we can play the way we did tonight and add those two pieces (McGill and Hageman) to our game, we’re much better,” Adrian said. “Lately we’ve kind of gotten reliant on hitting the ball to Andric and we’ve forgotten we’ve got other guys who can score and who can create and you saw that today, getting the ball out wide to Kento (Aizawa), Ethan, Jose and Devin (Cape).”
The Bullpups dominated the possession so much that goalie Sam Minnick didn’t even make a save until 50 minutes into the game.
“Buhler was just gassed (in the second half),” Adrian said. “They were tired because we just moved the ball side to side and they were chasing it all game long.”
Adrian said there’s a chance the Bullpups could play either Topeka Hayden or Winfield on Tuesday. Hayden is a perennial power, but has fallen on hard times this year. Winfield and MHS always seem to play entertaining games.
In the JV game, Joe Cox and Price Kramer scored as the Bullpups blanked the Crusaders, 2-0.