TOWANDA — McPherson High’s girls soccer team played the way coach Chris Adrian expected it to.
After riding a roller coaster last week, Adrian thought his Bullpups might come out on fire Monday against Circle.
MHS powered its way to a 5-1 victory and will take that momentum into tonight’s Senior Night Game at McPherson Stadium against Great Bend.
“The pregame talk was simple — how would we respond?”Adrian said. “After an up-and- down week where we beat Hays and lost to Buhler, I was curious to see how the girls would play tonight. I had a feeling they were going to come out firing and that was the case.”
MHS jumped out quickly, scoring two goals before the game was 10 minutes old. Zaida Chapman tallied the first, with Paige Schmidt garnering the assist. Alayna Wallace made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal.
Before the half was over, Chapman scored her second goal, off a Heidi Myers assist.
“Zaida had two great goals tonight on difficult shots,” Adrian said.
In the second half, Schmidt scored a goal off a pass from Addie Lanning before Wallace completed the scoring with her second goal of the game.
“Alayna scored two great free kicks, and Paige was able to get back out there after her ankle injury and score a goal,” Adrian said. “Getting those two early goals really helped relax the girls and allowed them to play some good soccer and give me a chance to rest a lot of girls, which was nice since we play again Tuesday. Tonight’s game was also very important when it comes to postseason play because it gives us an opportunity now to host a first-round game, which could possibly be against Circle. These young girls are growing up fast and look to be peaking at just the right time.”
MHS fired off 17 shots, while Sydney Ruder picked up the win in goal as she’s taken the place of Shaelah White for the rest of the season as she’s out with a knee injury.
MHS won the JV game 1-0 on a goal by Riley Burghart.
The Bullpups take a 6-8-1 record into tonight’s game, with the JV starting at 6 and the varsity at 7:30.