You can’t say the McPherson High School boys’ soccer team wasn’t ready for Hays Thursday night.

You can’t say the McPherson High School boys’ soccer team wasn’t ready for Hays Thursday night.
The Bullpups started off 2013 in high-octane fashion, as they raced out to a 5-0 win at McPherson Stadium, with five different Pups finding the net.
“Three of [the Bullpup starters] didn’t play a lot last year,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “They waited their chance. They went through the program the right way. They worked hard and shut out a Hays team that’s always impressive.”
McPherson struck first 7:30 into the game, when senior forward Dylan Blosser kicked in a shot past the Hays goalkeeper following an assist from Adam Bowers. Freshman Andric McGill added the second Bullpup goal not 10 minutes later off an assist from Kerrick van Asselt at the 25:47 mark of the first half.
Van Asselt would get his own goal with 16:38 left in the half, with Bowers credited with his second assist. The Bullpups managed one more goal in the first half, as forward Ryan Horton making it 4-0 Bullpups off an assist from his brother, Peter Horton.
The pace the Bullpups set in the first half was a little concerning, according to Adrian.
“We emptied the tank in the first half, unfortunately,” Adrian said. “Both teams in that second half were gassed, but we wanted to come out with energy. But we told the guys, ‘Hey, go easy at the start. If you go out just blazing, after five minutes, you’re going to be done.’ Luckily for us, we were able to score some goals in the first five to 10 minutes, but we’ve got to learn to pace ourselves.”
The fatigue was noticable in the second half, as the heat and humidity took their toll on both teams, with several athletes having to take injury time outs to deal with cramps. Hays started attacking the McPherson goal a little more in the second half, but excellent play in the net by senior goalkeeper Dylan Stos kept the Indians from making the comeback. Stos made four saves for the Bullpups.
Blosser had a chance to pick up his second goal of the game with 11:00 minutes left in the second half, but a finger-tip save by the Hays goalkeeper knocked the ball wide left. Freshman Patrick Munsey made up for the near-miss not even 30 seconds later, as he drove in a header into the net after the set-up from Blosser.
Despite the lopsided score, Adrian was complimentary towards Hays after the game.
“You know you’re going to get the best out of Hays when they come,” he said. “They fight and fight and fight. They never gave up, even when they were exhausted and we were winning.”
The JV was just as successful against Hays Thursday night, as they blanked the Indians 3-0 in the early contest at McPherson Stadium. McGill, Hadley Hageman and Kevin Diaz all scored for the Bullpups.
The Bullpups have a few days to rest up before heading down to Maize for the first Maize South Soccer Invitational, which will run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week. McPherson will face Thomas More Prep in the first round of the tournament Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.
A possible rematch with Hays looms on Thursday, should the Indians get past Independent on Monday.