If McPherson High girls soccer coach Chris Adrian was worried about his team knocking off the rust here Tuesday, it answered the question five-fold in the first half.
The Bullpups, who hadn’t played for a week, were in top form against Rose Hill at Grant Complex, piling up five first-half goals on their way to an 8-1 victory.
Aislinn Hughes’ hat trick led the way, while also scoring were Alayna Wallace, Anna Schwindt, Jessie Kynaston and Jaycee Burghart. Rose Hill even helped out MHS with an own goal, while the only Rockets score came on a late penalty kick to avoid the shutout.
“We really had been working on how we want to play out of the back and you saw that I thought today,” Adrian said. “We played a lot less direct and more through everyone. We scored some really good goals today.”
Adrian was able to rest his regulars much of the second half with a tough game coming up on Friday in Hutchinson.
“We have some girls getting over some sickness, so they didn’t have to push too hard,” Adrian said. “Ten minutes into the second half we pretty much had a new 11 out there. I want those girls (the backups) to get an opportunity to play. I need those girls to get as many minutes as possible.”
Paige Schmidt notched two assists, while Wallace and Hughes had one apiece. Abby Jantz was in goal in the first half, with Riley Hett taking over for the final 40 minutes.
The victory improved the Bullpups to 6-1 on the season and Friday’s game is the halfway point .
The unbeaten JV team, even in 20-minute halves, exploded for a 6-0 victory.
Hannah Hageman and Jaycee Burghart scored two goals apiece, with singletons by Kelsey Wilson and Michaela Bowers. Burghart, Hageman and Wilson had assists. Meghan Smith was in goal.