WICHITA — If McPherson High’s girls soccer season had to end, at least it came at the hands of the best.
Wichita Trinity lived up to its No. 1 state ranking Thursday by rolling past MHS 7-0 in the Class 4-1A Regional finals.
The Bullpups ended their season with an 8-9-1 record, but were 6-3-1 over their last 10 games as they made marked improvement as the season progressed.
“Trinity is a great team and definitely showed why they are ranked No. 1 in the state,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We knew we were going to need some breaks to go our way in this game and unfortunately we didn’t get any. The girls played really hard all game and in the first half and we actually played Trinity pretty tough. We were playing for counter attacks and corner kicks and we were getting what we were looking for, but every time we looked like we had a chance for a breakaway, they would catch up with their speed.”
Adrian said a turning point came in the first half when the Bullpups had a chance to tie the game at 1-all, but instead the Knights raced back up the field to score.
“Overall, I was pleased with the effort the girls showed,” Adrian said. “They never gave up despite the score and showed a lot of determination and character, which is encouraging looking forward. In the second half we had some really good chances to get a goal, but unfortunately could not find the goal. This team has shown so much growth this year. You could tell that they started to find their identity as the season went on and were playing some good soccer toward the end. Unfortunately we found ourselves playing a team which I strongly believe is going to go on and win the whole thing.”
The Bullpups lose seniors Shaelah White, Addie Lanning, Janaye Hanschu, SueAnn Buster and Isabella Harvey, so the majority of their team is back next year.