WINFIELD — It was a potential “trap game” for McPherson High’s girls soccer team, but it would have none of it.
The Bullpups went on the road Friday, just 24 hours after a grueling double-overtime tie with highly touted Valley Center, and came away with a dominating 4-1 victory over Winfield.
MHS is the league champion and will have home field for at least two playoff games.
Alayna Wallace scored two first-half goals and Jessie Kynsaston added another. Aislinn Hughes completed the scoring in the second half as MHS improved to 12-2-1.
Hughes, Rylee Schrader and Breckon Kaufman had assists as MHS controlled the tempo, firing off 11 shots on goal while Abby Jantz had to make only two saves.
“This was an important game for us because it gives us the No. 1 seed in our region, which means a first-round bye,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We were also able to rest most of the starters tonight for about half the game. Our depth has really helped us stay injury-free and we look like we will be going into next week full strength, which is so important this time of year.”
Adrian admitted his team felt the effects early of the 100-minute game with Valley Center before getting its legs under them.
“The overtime game the day before and the long drive to Winfield led to a slow start,” Adrian said. “We came out sluggish and looked like we were running in mud. With 20 minutes left in first half, we finally got out of second gear and started to look like ourselves.”
There was no JV game.