There wasn’t a junior varsity soccer game scheduled between McPherson High and Buhler here Thursday.
But the Bullpups still had plenty of JV players see action as the varsity game was decided early.
In one of its most impressive performances of the season, MHS was at the top of its game against the arch-rival Crusaders with a 7-0 victory.
Had it not been for Buhler goalie Ashley Main it would have been worse.
The Bullpups fired off 26 shots on goal as they possessed the ball at least 90 percent of the game. Buhler never attempted a shot on frame as the Bullpups improved to 10-2 on the season.
“We came out firing,” a happy MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We needed something to get the energy up. We’ve had a stretch where we haven’t played as well we can. We looked sharp with our passing, especially in the first half. We really moved the ball.”
MHS led 3-0 at the half, but Main stopped several other chances as the Bullpups repeatedly peppered her with shots from all angles. MHS, even with subs in, kept knocking on the door in the second half with four more goals.
Aislinn Hughes scored two goals to lead the winners, while Michelle Carrillo, Paige Schmidt, Alayna Wallace, Jessie Kynaston and Danielle Lacy all added singletons. Schmidt Kynaston, Lacy, Anna Schwindt and Hannah Hageman added assists.
“She (Main) made some really good saves in the first half,” Adrian said of the Buhler goalie. “She’s got long arms and can get to a lot of balls.”
But the relentlessness of the Bullpups overwhelmed her as the game was played in the MHS offensive end throughout.
“Finishing on (Astro) turf is easier than finishing (on grass) out here,” Adrian said. “That’s something we have to continue to work on.”
MHS is back on the road Monday at Circle.