McPherson High soccer coach Chris Adrian says you can just throw out an earlier-season meeting with Winfield.
The Bullpups defeated the Vikings 3-1 on Sept. 16 in Winfield, but a lot of water has run under the bridge since then.
The teams meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in South Central Regional action at McPherson Stadium for the right to continue in the Class 4-1A postseason.
“Even though we beat them earlier in the year, it's not a game we can afford to look past,” said Adrian, whose team finished with a rush for a 9-5-2 record. “When we played them, it was early in the season so I'm sure they have improved since then. Winfield is well coached and organized, so I would anticipate that they are going to play defensively and make it difficult for us to score goals like they did the first time we played them. We have established a nice little rivalry with Winfield, so this looks to be a great first-round test for the boys.”
This could very well be a one-goal game since the 6-9-1 Vikings are expected to pack it in to keep the game close, then try to steal it at the end. The Bullpups’ Sam Minnick has been outstanding in goal this season as he’s flourished in his first year as a starter.
The MHS offense has been running through Andric McGill, but Partrick Munsey and Jose Arriola have been factors as well. Winfield is expected to mark up heavily on McGill, who sat out last Thursday’s game with a bad back. He’s expected to be back for the playoff opener.
Ethan VanDorn is the only senior for the Bullpups, so the deeper MHS can traverse in the postseason the more it’s going to help for next year as there’s no substitute for experience.
The winner moves on to play Thursday against the winner of Berean Academy (10-6) and Circle (4-12). Berean is heavily favored in that game.