The McPherson High girls soccer team has the opportunity to set the tone for Bullpup spring sports.
MHS opens its season and Bullpup spring athletics here Tuesday against Salina South, with the JV game set for 6 p.m. at McPherson Stadium and the varsity match to begin at 7:30.
The Bullpups are coming off an 8-9-1 season, but fifth-year coach Chris Adrian is excited since most of his key personnel returns and he’s added what he calls one of the best freshman classes in school history.
“We have been looking good in practice,” Adrian said. “We had some great sessions over the break, but you can tell the girls are ready to play their first game and really find out where we are. We have a lot of depth and I'm really excited to see this team play against someone other than ourselves.”
According to Adrian, Salina South will be a good matchup for an opener.
“Salina South is typically very similar to us, but you never really know what to expect early in the season when it comes to girls soccer because ninth-grade girls can play such a huge impact,” he said. “We have really been focusing on establishing our game and working on our identity.”
The Bullpups are having to replace seniors Shaelah White, Janaye Hanschu and Addie Lanning, but a lot of experience returns. The key is replacing White in goal and that job has been entrusted to sophomore Sydney Ruder.
The Bullpups also play Thursday at Salina Central before hosting their annual tournament that begins March 31.
More on the Bullpups will be published in the Mid Kansas Sports Magazine, which will be available at the McPherson Invitational.