Bullpup kickers display depth in 14-0 rout

By Steve Sell
May 16, 2018
Kendall Shaw

There are certainly no national records kept, but McPherson High’s girls soccer team may have done something seldom, if ever, accomplished in the country on Tuesday.

The Bullpups blanked El Dorado 14-0 in the opening round of the Class 4-1A regional at McPherson Stadium that lasted only 40 minutes because of the mercy rule.

The stunning revelation was that the 14 goals were scored by 14 different players, just an unheard of feat.

“That’s just what this team is all about,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose Bullpups are now 15-1-1 and play host to Andover Central at 6 p.m. Thursday for the right to advance to state. “It was awesome. It was so cool to see so many girls with opportunities to score. They were purposely dishing it off to another teammate to give them a chance to score.” 

MHS’ Aislinn Hughes became the school’s all-time single-season goal scorer when she drilled her 28th of the year, breaking the 17-year-old record of Lauren Schwindt.

The goals came in this order: Hannah Hageman, Kenzee Godwin, Jessie Kynaston, Claire Hedlund, Maisie Edmonson, Hughes, Kelsey Wilson, Daphne Carrillo, Reese Schroeder, Mary Anne Wurm, Stacey Pham, Adison Wash, Belle Alexander and Natalie Hedlund.

Wurm, Hannah Dossett and Claire Hedlund all were credited with two assists. One each went to Hughes, Godwin, Kynaston, Wilson and Natalie Hedlund.

El Dorado came into the game winless and had lost an earlier 14-0 decision to the Bullpups. The Wildcats were simply overwhelmed from the outset as MHS scored seven goals in the first 10 minutes and Adrian put in his reserves shortly after to keep his starters fresh for Thursday.

MHS and Andover Central played earlier in the year in the McPherson Invitational, with the Bullpups a 4-0 winner. The Bullpups haven’t had a close game in quite some time, but Adrian said the team is staying focused.

“We practice really hard and we compete really hard in practice,” said Adrian, pointing out how his team has been staying sharp despite a spate of lopsided games the second half of the season. “The games we kind of move on, especially these lopsided scores. We’re not thinking a lot of what the score is. When we come to practice, we’re competing hard against each other. You saw 22 girls today competing hard out there. Practicing against each other is where this team is getting better.”

Andover Central was a 2-0 winner over Buhler on Tuesday. Other South Central regional finals include Mulvane against Hays, Topeka Hayden against Circle and Wichita Collegiate against Thomas More Prep.