Frustrated in their attempt to reach state soccer competition last year, the Pittsburg Purple Dragons hope for better results in a regional game they’ll host against the Salina Central Mustangs at 4 p.m. today on their home field south of the high school.

Frustrated in their attempt to reach state soccer competition last year, the Pittsburg Purple Dragons hope for better results in a regional game they’ll host against the Salina Central Mustangs at 4 p.m. today on their home field south of the high school.

Having played Independence to a 0-0 tie last Thursday night, the senior-laden Dragons have improved since Bishop Miege trounced them 9-0 last fall, said coach Wraine Meadows.

If they beat the Mustangs, they will advance to a Thursday contest against an opponent to be identified in today’s games.

Pittsburg is 6-7-2 and Salina Central 7-9 on the season.

Meadows said the Dragons base their game on the play of senior captains Alex McNay as a midfielder who defends and scores, Josh Wilde and Kyle Schwenker as defenders and junior captain-goalkeeper Sean Perkins, along with senior scorer Tyler Hubbard and senior defender Mercedes McGuire.

“Our last couple of games have been really good, so we’re peaking at the right time,” the coach said, adding that this will be the Dragons’ first time to test the Mustangs. “Hopefully, we can carry this on for awhile.”

Meadows said 10 of the squad’s 28 players are seniors, including seven of the 11 who start each game.