MHS kickers bury Salina Central, 9-1

By Steve Sell
May 11, 2018
Kendall Shaw

To describe the chemistry on the McPherson High girls soccer team, a second-half moment says it all.

Bullpup senior standout Aislinn Hughes, who had tied the school record for goals in a season when she scored a hat trick in the first half, had the opportunity to break the record with a penalty kick with 28:24 left in the game.

Instead, she yielded to senior teammate Kelsey Wilson, normally a non-starter, and she deposited the shot.

The significance of that goal was that it was No. 100 on the season for the Bullpups, who went on to score four more in a 9-1 rout of Salina Central on Senior Night.

“Aislinn was going to take it. She would probably be our second PK taker behind Hannah Hageman,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “I asked if her it she wanted to give it to Kelsey and she said she did. That shows what kind of player she is. She’s going for her own record, but she decided to give that up to a teammate for a chance to score a goal. It shows what this team is all about.”

The Bullpups finished the regular season with a 14-1-1 record, the best mark in Class 4-1A and they’ll be home throughout the duration of the first three rounds of the postseason as long as they keep winning.

The issue was never in doubt as Hughes scored twice in the first 6 minutes and then tacked on her third goal with 7 minutes to go in the first half. That gave her 27 on the year, tying the 2001 record of Lauren Schwindt.

Hughes’ burst led to a 3-0 halftime lead and MHS really caught fire in the second half. Wilson wound up with two goals, while Kenzee Godwin, Jessie Kynaston, Claire Hedlund and Lauren Hein added goals.

“Kelsey was a bright spot for her to show up like that on Senior Night. That was awesome,” Adrian said. “She strikes the ball so well. When puts her head down and strikes through the ball, she can really rip it.”

Assists went to Hageman, Hedlund, Godwin and Michaela Bowers.

The Bullpups had entered the game having posted eight straight shutouts, but that was snapped with 12:46 left in the game when the Mustangs scored on a penalty kick by Sophia Ginther against the second-line team. MHS had scored an amazing 76 goals in a row without giving up one.

The MHS JVs wrapped up an amazing 13-0 season with a 7-0 win. Anna Nason scored a hat trick, giving her 21 JV goals on the year. Natalie Hedlund furnished two goals, while Belle Alexander and Stacey Pham also scored. Raegan Harger distributed two assists, while Nason and Alexander had one apiece.

The JVs of coaches Natalie Adrian and Eric Burghart outscored their opponents 76-0 on the season.

MHS will learn of its postseason pairings on Saturday.