A league championship and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs -- not a bad day’s work.
McPherson High put the finishing touches on a perfect AVCTL Division II record and a 13-2-1 regular season here Tuesday with a dominating 5-0 blanking of Goddard.
MHS finished 6-0 in D-II play and should be home for the duration of the playoffs prior to the Final Four. The Bullpups will host a Class 4-1A playoff game at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and if successful, would be home at the same time the following Thursday. A state quarterfinal game also would be played here if the Bullpups are still alive before the scene shifts to Winfield for the Final Four.
The Bullpups totally dominated Goddard, firing off 15 shots to just two for the Lions.
“This is a team that had just beat Hutch and they were coming off a good run of games,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We exposed them very well, attacking down the outside instead of going where they had all their bodies on defense. If you look at the goals we scored today, they were all quality goals.”
The Bullpups oddly enough scored four goals in the first half going into a strong wind. Ryan Horton had two, while Luke Reber and Nick Torres had one apiece. Torres, Reber, Dylan Blosser and Dylan Babcock all had assists.
In the second half, the Bullpups pounded away at the goal, but only found the mark once on a beautiful pass from Ryan Horton to Sawyer Hambley, who headed it in. Goddard probably was fortunate the score didn’t end up much worse, as MHS had several chances that it didn’t put away.
Still, Adrian likes where this team is at.
“As coaches, we just sit back and admire these guys,” Adrian said. “We’re just having a blast. It’s fun to watch. I knew coming into the season with these guys that they could be good if they’d play the style we wanted, which is a big part of it. They’re buying into the system, where last year we kind of fought it. We’re possessing the ball and the other team can’t score when we’re possessing it about 70 percent of the time. We have so many guys, if half our team is having an off night, the other guys can pick them up.”
Luke Cox’s penalty kick gave the Bullpups a 1-0 victory in the JV game.
Pairings for the postseason are expected to be announced near the end of the week.