It was a very good 24 hours for the McPherson High girls soccer team.
Coming off their 5-1 road domination of Circle on Monday, the Bullpups returned to the friendly McPherson Stadium confines on Tuesday to put up three early goals against winless Great Bend, which proved to be the only scoring in a 3-0 victory.
MHS wrapped up regular-season play with a 7-8-1 record, 5-2-1 over the second half of the season. It will be home Tuesday for a playoff game, with the opponent to be determined. It could very well be Circle again, or perhaps Mulvane, a team the Bullpups tied with earlier in the season, though they dominated the action.
MHS coach Chris Adrian admitted his team at times played with heavy legs, as back-to-back games tests a team’s endurance. But it was energized by the three early goals, which allowed it to relax against a Panther team that mustered few scoring chances.
“It would have been nice to get a couple (of goals) in the second half,” Adrian said. “You could tell after sitting and cooling off at halftime that the legs just looked stiff out there. No matter who you’re playing against, two games (in a row) you do get tired even though we were subbing a little bit more.”
Bailey Holton put up MHS’ first tally on a terrific header off a Breckon Kaufman pass just 6:11 into the game. Danielle Lacy scored her first goal of the season five minutes later off a pass from Paige Schmidt, then Zaida Chapman completed the first-half Bullpup hat trick with a dazzling 1-on-1 goal.
“The first 20 (minutes) we looked really good,” Adrian said. “That’s how we played in the first 20 minutes of the last game. It’s so important to come out and get that early goal to set the tone early in the game.”
Adrian said it was nice to see other players get involved.
“Danielle, that was her first goal of the year and she needed that so bad,” Adrian said. “She’s been working so much better the last two weeks of getting into positions where she can win that. That header Bailey had, that was a great header. That ball was behind her, she got up and just placed it over (the goalie). We scored some good goals.”
MHS now has a week to prepare for postseason play and Adrian said the second half of the season showed the team has the potential to cause problems for teams.
The JV game was scoreless.