SALINA — McPherson High's girls soccer team will be riding a wave of momentum into the postseason.
With a 5-1 road victory over Salina Central on Thursday, the Bullpups finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak, a stretch where they outscored their opponents 40-2.
Jessie Kynaston and Rylee Schrader scored two goals apiece to the lead the Bullpups, with Alayna Wallace scoring the other.
Wallace had three assists and Kynaston one.
“There were a lot of positives to take from tonight’s game,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We executed really well on our set plays, which resulted in three of our goals. Salina played physical, but our girls kept their composure really well even when the fouls were not being called. It was a good experience for them going into postseason play.”
There were several fine performances, Adrian said.
“Jessie Kynaston again had an amazing performance. She was constantly being held and kicked, but it fired her up more than anything and motivated her to play better,” Adrian said. “Alayna Wallace was also on top of her game scoring or assisting on four out of our five goals. Rylee Schrader also deserves a shoutout after scoring two goals within 5 minutes. She reads the game well and has the ability to be in the right place at the right time.”
A huge plus, Adrian said, was that Anna Schwindt returned after missing the entire season with an injury.
“The highlight of the game though had to be the return of Anna Schwindt, who returned after having surgery on her ankle during the first week of the season,” Adrian said. “Seeing her out there on the field was like watching a kid in a candy store. She was so happy to have the opportunity to play soccer with her teammates again. She played limited minutes, but there is no doubt she is going to be ready to contribute come next week.”
McPherson is now 13-3 and will learn of its first-round postseason opponent on Saturday.
The JVs were a 3-0 winner behind a pair of goals by Hannah Dossett. Kelsey Wilson scored the other. Wilson, Anna Nason and Daphne Carrillo all had assists.
“Our junior varsity concluded another extremely successful season finishing 12-0-1,” Adrian said. “During their 13 games they scored 60 goals only allowing 1 against. What makes this even more impressive is a lot of the games they played were 20 minute halves. It’s actually been 2 1/2 seasons since they last lost a game. Coach Natalie Adrian and coach Eric Burghart do an amazing job with that bunch and deserve lots of credit.”