CIRCLE — The McPherson High School soccer team won their third game in a row and improved to 11-4-0 on the season, with an 11-1 thumping of Circle. With the win, the Bullpups improved to 7-0-0 in Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Division III play, and locked up home field advantage in the playoffs possibly all the way through to the quarterfinals.
“I thought we did a good job tonight coming in focused on the game, and we played our level,” Head Coach Chris Adrian said.
Andrew McGill led all scorers with three goals, while Drew Schrader and Devin Cape added two as well.
Schrader scored the first and last goals of the first half, both assisted by Patrick Munsey. McGill scored all three of his goals back-to-back-to-back in the first half, while resting most of the second.
Darrius Armstrong and Jackson Lloyd both got in on the goal scoring fun, while the Bullpups had 24 shots on goal to Circle’s one.
Goalkeeper Tanner Rose made no saves, but gave up a goal on a penalty kick, in which the score was already a 9-1 McPherson lead. Adrian noted the penalty was questionable.
The Bullpups have one final test on Thursday before regionals, as Great Bend comes to town for a 5:30 p.m. start. Thursday will also be senior night for the Bullpups.
“I thought [the defense] played really solid all game,” Adrian said. “Trenton Stecklein played great as a center back without Hadley [Hageman] who was rested due to a minor injury. Great Bend is going to be a nice final tune up game before the real season begins.”
Notable teams in the Bullpups’ regional include: Andover Central, Hays, Thomas More Prep Academy, Maize South, Rose Hill, Wichita Independent and Wichita Trinity.
A seeding meeting will take place on Saturday, with the first regional game on Oct. 25, which will be a home game.
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