McPherson High’s girls soccer team completed its “Salina Slam” here Thursday in its home opener at Grant Complex.
After outlasting Salina South 3-2 on Tuesday, the Bullpups dominated Salina’s other school, Central, for a 4-1 victory.
MHS came out on fire with four first-half goals, then turned to its defense to preserve the victory.
The Mustangs scored a goal for McPherson in the first 5 minutes, before Alayna Wallace, Jordan Bruner and Paige Schmidt scored MHS goals to balloon the lead to 4-0.
“The girls sure played good tonight,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We came out firing from the get-go. We got two early goals in the first half, but unlike the last game, we were able to get that third and fourth goal, which made the second half much more comfortable allowing all the players on the bench to get some minutes. This team plays with so much joy on the field. You can tell they all love the game and their teammates.”
There were several Bullpups who stood out, Adrian said.
“Alayna Wallace does such a good job on corner kicks,” he said. “She puts that ball in dangerous places every single time, which led to three of our four goals in the game. I also thought Laiken Hein, Heidi Myers and Michelle Carrillo, controlled the middle of the field on defense shutting down Salina Central and not letting them get any good looks at goal. It was really fun to see all the bench players getting into the game at the end. Even with all our starters off the field, we can still compete against 5A schools, which is a testament to the depth this team possesses.”
The MHS JVs are off to a powerful start as they were a 4-0 winner, completing a week in which they outscored the Salina schools, 9-0.
Hannah Hageman and Jaycee Burghart had a goal and assist each. Michaela Bowers scored a goal and Central made an own goal for the Bullpups. Adrian said this could be one of the best JV teams McPherson has ever had as it hasn’t come close to allowing a goal so far this season.
The McPherson Invitational gets under way on Tuesday, but it will be played at Salina Stadium because of work being done at McPherson Stadium.