It was the perfect bounceback game for McPherson High’s girls soccer team on Thursday at Grant Complex.
The Bullpups, coming off a disappointing loss to Derby on Tuesday, looked like a different team 48 hours later as they routed Augusta 7-0 before an appreciative crowd.
“The girls had a lot of fun in this game and played relaxed, which resulted in some great soccer,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Our forwards caused Augusta so much trouble with their speed.”
Aislinn Hughes, bottled up by two defenders on Tuesday, outraced the Orioles’ defense for three goals. Michelle Carrillo, Rylee Schroeder and Anna Schwindt also scored, and Augusta lent a helping hand with an own goal.
“Aislinn Hughes was her usual self, quietly scoring three more goals and getting another assist,” Adrian said. “Michelle Carrillo had a really nice game in the midfield and scored a great goal to get things started. Breckon Kaufman and Maisie Edmonson did an awesome job of passing the ball and getting involved in the attack with overlapping runs. I thought as a team we communicated so much better in this game. The girls were always communicating and letting others know what was around them and where they needed to pass the ball.”
Jessie Kynaston and Paige Schmidt recorded two assists apiece to aid the cause.
MHS led 4-0 at the half and after a lull, finished with a strong kick by scoring three goals in the final 7 minutes.
MHS had 18 shots on goal to just four for the improved Orioles. Abby Jantz was in goal in the first half, with Riley Hett taking over in the second.
The MHS JVs went on a scoring spree for an 8-0 victory as they are still undefeated, with only blemish the tie with Derby.
Hannah Dossett scored two goals, while scoring one each were Michaela Bowers, Kelsey Wilson, Jaycee Burghart, Hannah Hageman, Mary Ann Wurm and Meghan Smith. Wurm had two assists, while Wilson and Hageman had one apiece.
MHS, now 8-2, is off until April 29 when it plays at Mulvane.