It seems like when McPherson High’s girls soccer team needs a boost of offensive confidence, Augusta is there to oblige.
For the second time this season, the Orioles were the remedy for the Bullpups’ scoring ails as MHS stormed the net here Monday for an 8-1 victory at Grant Complex as part of “MHS Sports Extravaganza Day.”
The Bullpups actually led only 2-1 at the half before the dam broke.
“The first half we were going into the wind and created quite a few chances to score, but you could see our confidence in front of the net was a little shaky,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said.
Jordan Bruner came off the bench to score MHS’ first goal before Alayna Wallace netted the second score, assisted by Michelle Carrillo. Augusta, however, scored right before the half on a penalty kick.
“Augusta scoring only seemed to fire the girls up at halftime,” Adrian said. “They were ready to get out there and play before the 10-minute halftime break was up. During the first few minutes of the second half, you could see the confidence growing in everyone on the field. We were getting shots left and right and everyone was getting involved and looked like they wanted to score.”
Wallace scored two of the second-half goals to finish with a hat trick. Breckon Kaufman also scored twice after the break, while Zaida Chapman and Shelby Gudenkauf scored singletons. Carrillo, Chapman and Sydney Ruder were credited with second-half assists, as MHS fired off 23 shots on goal for the game to just two for the Orioles.
“It was really good to see the girls playing with confidence and scoring goals,” Adrian said. “The second half of the season is where we want to really start picking up speed. We continue to improve every game and at a high rate. I believe five of the eight goals we scored today were kicked with left feet, which is something you would not have seen from this team even a few weeks ago when we played Augusta in the tournament.”
MHS is now 3-6 on the season and it has no rest as it plays again today when it hosts Rose Hill. The scene returns to McPherson Stadium for a 6 p.m. start, 7:30 for the varsity.
The MHS JVs also had a scoring revelation with a 6-0 victory. Riley Burghart scored two goals, while scoring one each were Bruner, Elisabeth Evans, Wendi Koehn and Ashley Gant.