WICHITA — The McPherson High girls soccer team was supposed to have one of its tougher tests of the season on Thursday when it traveled to Wichita Collegiate.
But the Bullpups’ offensive explosion from Tuesday carried over as McPherson again had a huge night in a 7-2 victory.
Ironically, 7-2 also is the Bullpups’ record now.
Claire Hedlund and Jessie Kynsaton scored two goals apiece to lead the Bullpups. Also scoring were Alayna Wallace, Hannah Hageman and Aislinn Hughes. Hughes also had three assists, while Wallace, Claire Hedlund and Jaycee Burghart had one each.
“We didn’t start well in this game, but we sure finished a lot better than we have been,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “At the beginning of the game we panicked with the ball and forced passes which resulted in bad turnovers and Collegiate used their talented forwards to make us pay when we made mistakes. They are definitely improved from last year.”
Collegiate was able to stay with the Bullpups early.
“This game started back and forth. Collegiate scored first and then we answered right back with a goal from Alayna Wallace,” Adrian said. “Then we made another silly mistake and Collegiate scored to retake the lead.”
But the Bullpups were on fire the rest of the game.
“After their second goal, we began to really take over the game,” Adrian said. “Alayna Wallace and Hannah Hageman got their possession going in the middle of the field and Aislinn Hughes and Jessie Kynaston did their thing in front of the goal. The player that really stood out though and made a huge impact on the game was Claire Hedlund. She tormented the Collegiate defense all game long and played with so much confidence. They had no answer for her. Even though I’d always prefer to keep a shutout, it was good to see the girls respond to going a goal down. At halftime the score was 5-2 and defensively we played much better in the second half which was important because it allowed me to give a little rest to some girls since we play again on Friday night against Newton.”
The MHS JV team also had a huge night as it erupted for a 9-1 victory. Mary Anne Wurm had a hat trick and also had two assists. Raegan Harger added two goals. Also scoring were Natalie Hedlund, Heather Schimming, Daphne Carrillo and Anna Nason. Meghan Smith contributed three assists, and Natalie Hedlund and Ashley Achilles had one apiece.
The Bullpups are scheduled to host Newton tonight, weather permitting, at McPherson Stadium. The JVs play at 5:00, the varsity at 6:30.
“The Newton game is going to be a great test for us because they have a great team as well,” Adrian said. “Brookelynn Entz is one of the best players in the state.”
Newton took second to No. 1-ranked Maize South in the McPherson Invitational, but didn’t have Entz for the championship game as she injured an ankle in the semifinals the night before.