It was little more than a formality.
McPherson High’s girls soccer team once again needed only a half against El Dorado as it scored 10 goals before intermission for a 10-0 victory in the first round of the Class 4-1A Regional Tournament on Tuesday at McPherson Stadium.
The Bullpups are now 14-3 and will host either Augusta or Hays at 6:00 Thursday for the regional title. Those two teams play tonight as their game Tuesday was postponed.
“If I had to choose between having a bye the first round or playing a low-ranked team, I would always prefer playing the game as it gives your team an opportunity to get that first postseason game under their belt before the competition really cranks up,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We definitely looked a little out of sorts at the start of the game and seemed a step slow. Our passing and finishing were off and we let El Dorado keep the score respectable at 3-0 until there were 14 minutes left in the half. At this point, Alayna Wallace came back in the game and scored a hat trick in less than 5 minutes, which opened the floodgates leading to the team scoring 10 goals in the first half.”
Wallace, a senior, has signed to play at Bethel College.
“It was like a switch finally went off when Alayna came back on the field and everyone suddenly started playing with more energy and confidence,” Adrian said. “We have to make sure we start our game Thursday like we finished the game tonight.”
Wallace’s hat trick led the onslaught. Jordan Bruner chipped in with a pair of goals. Scoring one each were Claire Hedlund, Aislinn Hughes, Hannah Hageman, Jessie Kynaston and Anna Nason.
Hedlund and Kynaston dished out two assists apiece. Wallace and Jaycee Burghart also had assists. McPherson had a 28-0 advantage in shots.
MHS has now won its last seven games by a combined score of 50-2.