HAYS — McPherson High’s girls soccer team knocked off the rust on Tuesday with a 4-2 road victory over Hays.
MHS had not played for nearly two weeks, but rode strong efforts by Aislinn Hughes and Alayna Wallace to the victory.
Hughes scored two goals and coaxed Hays into scoring an own goal for the Bullpups. Wallace had a goal and two assists.
Danielle Lacy added an assist for the Bullpups, now 9-2 on the season.
“Traveling to Hays and having the varsity game first can be a challenge because sometimes the long bus ride and quick warm-up can lead to a slow start, but we were determined not to let that happen,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Aislinn Hughes got around her defender within the first minute of the game and put in a great cross, which deflected off a Hays defender and into the net. Unfortunately we were too nice and returned the favor by scoring a goal on our own goal when a clearance off the line hit our own player and went into the net.”
But the Bullpups dominated the game for the most part.
“Alayna Wallace had a great game and scored a rocket from about 30 yards out,” Adrian said. “She then went on to get two assists off of free kicks in the second half. Abby Jantz also made a great point-blank save late in the second half when the score was 4-2 to keep our two-goal advantage. A few players were missing from the game tonight due to injury or illness, but hopefully we will have everyone back and ready to go when Buhler comes to town Thursday. We definitely looked a little rusty in this game after having an entire week off without games due to weather, but I’m confident we will get back on track quickly and be ready to go Thursday.”
The MHS JVs roared to a 7-0 rout. Mary Ann Wurm and Michaela Bowers scored two goals apiece, while Hannah Hageman and Jaycee Burghart had singletons. Just as in the varsity game, Hays scored an own goal to help the Bullpups.