SALINA — McPherson High girls soccer coach Chris Adrian wasn’t expecting his team to fire on all cylinders Thursday as the Bullpups were opening their season earlier than normal.
He had five players just join the team this week after basketball, so it really hadn’t had much practice time together.
The Bullpups did fire on enough cylinders though for a 2-0 victory over Salina South to open the season successfully.
“Well, it wasn’t pretty but the girls got the job done,” Adrian said. “There was some obvious rust out there, as to be expected, considering we have only had the entire team out for three practices. You gotta give the girls a ton of credit, they soaked up everything we talked about this week like a sponge and had some flashes where they played really good soccer. The goal going into the game was simple, play harder than the other team and we obviously achieved that goal. Very rarely did a Salina South player receive a ball without a defender on her tight and the girls won just about every ball out of the air.”
Jessie Kynaston scored MHS’ first goal on an assist by Aislinn Hughes. The second goal was an own goal, with Hughes receiving credit for the assist.
MHS had 10 shots on goal and Riley Hett, one of those who joined the team this week, made 2 saves.
“Jessie Kynaston worked really hard on offense and defense, Alayna Wallace probably ran 20 miles, and I can’t even count how many times the Hein sisters (Laiken and Lauren) stepped in front of their mark and won the ball,” Adrian said. “Ashley Gant had an awesome game filling in for our defensive leader Heidi Myers, who had to be withdrawn late in the first half due to illness. Ashley played calm and looked like she had been a varsity starter for years. It’s nice to open up the season with a ‘W,’ but this game did show us we have a long way to go and have some work to do.”
The two teams meet again on March 28 in the first round of the McPherson Invitational.
In the JV game, the Bullpups had numerous chances but it ended up in a 0-0 tie.