Chris Adrian had been waiting for a game like this all season from his McPherson High girls soccer team.
While the Bullpups entered Tuesday’s game with Buhler at McPherson Stadium with a 4-1 record, the offense hadn’t been as sharp as last year when MHS took third in the state.
But a 7-0 victory over the Crusaders may have broken the seal on the offensive malaise.
“This was once again a game which we could use to measure our recent improvement,” Adrian said. “Circle and Buhler are very similar teams evidenced by their 1-1 tie last week. We struggled in our last game against Circle in turning possession into quality goal-scoring opportunities. Today, we looked much more dangerous and were making better attacking runs. Jessie Kynaston finally had her breakout game and put the Buhler defense on their heals all game long. Aislinn Hughes once again filled up the stat sheet as it felt like she was involved in just about all our goals.”
MHS led 2-0 at the half on goals by Kynaston and Hughes, with both assisting on each’s other’s score.
Kynaston got the scoring going in the second half. Claire Hedlund would add two more goals, while Jordan Bruner and Addison Fishback tallied their first goals of the year. Alayna Wallace had a pair of assists in the second half as did Hughes. MHS fired away 13 shots on goal and Riley Hett had to make only one save.
Adrian was pleased by the second half.
“At the end of the first half we had 10 corner kicks, but did not score on any of them,” Adrian said. “With a player like Alayna Wallace putting those balls in on a platter, that is simply not good enough and is the big area I feel needs improvement before our next game. In the second half we finally started to attack our corner kicks and be brave which payed off in the form of two big goals.”
The Bullpups also did a good job of defending.
“Our defense played great all game long only allowing one shot on goal,” Adrian said. “That one shot came on a free kick and Riley Hett made one of the saves of the season to tip a shot headed for the corner off the crossbar. This was a game this team desperately needed, we’ve had some games where we get up by a couple goals, but can’t put the game beyond all doubt. Today we were able to clear the bench in the second half and give some varsity opportunities to some other girls. Addison Fishback got her first goal of the season and it was great to see the team celebrate that moment with her.”
The MHS JVs were a 2-0 winner on a shortened game due to a lack of players for Buhler. Mary Ann Wurm and Natalie Hedlund scored for MHS, while Anna Nason and Stacey Pham had assists.
The Bullpups play Thursday at Andover.