ROSE HILL — An intrasquad scrimmage would probably have been more competitive for McPherson High’s girls soccer team than Thursday’s 10-0 rout of Rose Hill.
Claire Hedlund and Alayna Wallace led the onslaught as MHS improved to 11-3 on the season. Hedlund scored four goals and Wallace had a hat trick with three as the Bullpups seemingly scored at will.
Jessie Kynaston, Heidi Myers and Aislinn Hughes also scored goals. Hughes had three assists, while Wallace, Jaycee Burghart and Hedlund all had one.
“Tonight was more like it,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “I was really proud of the way the girls played. They didn’t play to the level of their opponent, but instead played some of the best soccer of the year. The way the girls passed and worked together was fun to watch. As a coach, I just sat back and enjoyed what I saw. They also worked their tails off when they didn’t have the ball, which led to some counter-attack goals. I don’t think Rose Hill ever put more than two passes in a row all game long due to the pressure the girls put them under.”
While the offensive eruption was impressive, Adrian gave kudos to his defense.
“An example of the work the girls gave on defense was the opening kickoff which Rose Hill passed back, Claire Hedlund sprinted back and was all over their player when she received the ball which led to a bad pass that went to Aislinn Hughes, who then played Claire in for a 1 v. 1 which she buried,” Adrian said. “Seventeen seconds into the game and we were up 1-0 due to great hustle and it continued all game long.”
The Bullpups have become potent with the addition of Hedlund to augment Wallace, Hughes and Kynaston.
“Claire Hedlund, Alayna Wallace and Aislinn Hughes played really well and had the stats to back it up, but Jessie Kynaston played one of her best games of the season,” Adrian said. “Her hat trick against Winfield looks to have given her a ton of confidence and when she plays like she did tonight, our team is so dangerous. It’s crazy to think we are on the home stretch, but I’m really excited about how the team is playing right now and feel they are really prepared to make a run this post season.
The MHS JVs were a 1-0 winner on a goal by Raegan Harger.
The Bullpups stay on the road Monday to play Augusta.