McPherson High School head coach Chris Adrian couldn’t contain his enthusiasm after Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over Rose Hill.
“Tonight was an amazing game,” Adrian said. “The team really clicked and played well together. There were not one or two players who played well, all 11 players on the field played great.”
The Pups were without senior Peter Horton, who didn’t play due to an injury and cast some doubt as to how the team would respond to his absence in front of a tough Rocket crowd. Seniors Ryan Horton, Dylan Blosser and Adam Bowers all stepped up big for MHS, however.
“They were true captains during the game and provided great leadership,” Adrian said. “Andric McGill grabbed his opportunity to start in place of Peter and played awesome, scoring another great goal.”
The Pups found their first goal of the game inside of 10 minutes, as Blosser placed a perfect corner kick to Kerrick van Asselt, who hit a header into the net. McGill had his goal eight minutes later, as he booted in a rocket from 18 yards out after beating his defender one-on-one.
Rose Hill didn’t help their own cause by scoring an own-goal, which was followed up by a Blosser goal off an assist from Ryan Horton.
All in all, MHS (8-1) had eight shots on goal, while Bullpup goalie Dylan Stos made four saves, including an early save to keep the score 0-0, which Adrian noted could have changed the complexion of the game.
“It was a really special win for the team,” Adrian said, “because we have not played our best lately and this really proved what we could do.”
In the JV game, McPherson lost 3-0.
The Pups are on the road again Thursday, as they will face Junction City at 4:30 p.m.