WINFIELD — A positive 6-0 final score aside, McPherson High girls soccer coach Chris Adrian had mixed emotions after his Bullpups improved to 10-3 on the season with three games remaining, all on the road.
“Tonight’s game against Winfield was a bit frustrating,” Adrian said. “Winfield played a really high defensive line and during the first half, I would imagine we were flagged for being offside 20 times. This led to a start-stop type of game and we could never establish any rhythm or consistent possession.”
Jessie Kynaston came up with a hat trick to lead the Bullpups.
“Jessie Kynaston got behind their back line several times in the first half without being offside and scored a couple 1 v. 1s,” Adrian said.
Aislinn Hughes, Rylee Schrader and Anna Nason scored the other goals. Schrader and Nason had assists, as did Jordan Burner and Claire Hedlund. The Bullpups had a whopping 13-2 advantage in shots.
Adrian was a little more pleased with the second half.
“With a three-goal cushion going into the second half, we finally started to play more composed on the ball and passed it around instead of settling for just trying to kick it over their back line and outrun them,” Adrian said. “The game then got a little chippy toward the end, but thankfully we got off the field with the shutout win and no injuries. Even though a 6-0 win sounds great, this team has their sights on a bigger prize and knows it still has some work to do over the final two weeks of regular season.”
The JVs matched the varsity with a 6-0 victory. Kaliah Tice, Hannah Dossett, Raegan Harger, Heather Schimming, Meghan Smith and Natalie Hedlund all scored goals. Dossett had two assists, while Stacey Pham had one.
The Bullpups stay on the road Thursday to take on Rose Hill.