McPherson High’s girls soccer team did itself and its fans a favor by taking care of business quickly on Tuesday as gusty winds made playing conditions somewhat unbearable.
The Bullpups took advantage of the 30-mile-per-hour gusts at their back in the first half to score eight goals, then needed only 9 minutes of the second half to win by the mercy rule over Wichita Collegiate, 10-0.
“The wind was brutal,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team improved to 5-1. “It was hard to play with it and hard to play against it. The first half we were able to shoot from distance. Alayna (Wallace) was dangerous in the first half because anytime she was close it looked like she was going to score. Rylee Schrader did awesome. She was aggressive when she got the ball and was attacking all the time.”
Wallace and Schrader wound up with hat tricks by halftime. The Bullpups spread out the scoring as Danielle Lacy, Paige Schmidt, Anna Schwindt and Hannah Hageman all scored single goals as Adrian made liberal use of his bench.
“It was a good game for us because we had a few girls a little banged up from the (McPherson) tournament,” Adrian said. “We get a little time off, but we’ve got a lot planned to work on. This was a good game for us because we were pretty bummed after the tournament. We really wanted to win it. Some of those girls got their first varsity goals today, so that was good to see.”
Aislinn Hughes was credited with two assists. Others were by Schmidt, Breckon Kaufman, Michelle Carrillo, Jessie Kynaston, Jaycee Burghart and Shelby Gudenkauf.
The JVs also rolled to an easy 8-1 victory to improve to 3-0 on the season. Kelsey Wilson had a hat trick, while single tallies were by Hageman, Jordan Bruner, Mary Ann Wurm, Ashley Achilles and Michaela Bowers. Burghart had two assists, while notching one each were Wurm, Bowers, Mary Ann Wurm, Elisabeth Evans and Riley Hett.
The Bullpups, ranked No. 4 in the most recent Class 4-1A poll, are off until next Tuesday when Rose Hill comes to town.