SALINA — After scoring just one goal in winning its season opener against Salina South 1-0 on Tuesday, McPherson High girls soccer coach Chris Adrian wasn’t worried about his team’s offense.
He thought it was just a matter of time before the Bullpups got their passing game in order, which would in turn lead to an offensive explosion.
He didn’t have to wait long.
The Bullpups completed their Salina swing with a 2-0 record Thursday as they powered their way past Salina Central, 4-0.
Paige Schmidt, who had the game-winner on Tuesday, scored two goals, with Aislinn Hughes and Michelle Carrillo tallying the others.
Three of the goals were assisted, with Alayna Wallace garnering two and the other going to Hughes.
“This was a big win for the girls tonight,” Adrian said. “For whatever reason, Salina Central has had our number over the past years and won the majority of the games. It’s a bit of a rivalry because so many of our girls have grown up playing club soccer against Salina and know a lot of the girls on their team.”
The Bullpups dominated the game with eight shots on goal, while Sydney Ruder was successful in her lone save attempt to pick up the win. MHS has opened the year with back-to-back blankings.
It was evident early the Bullpups were the better team.
“We came out focused and played with a physicalness that this team will be known for,” Adrian said. “After Tuesday’s game, we made some slight adjustments which really allowed our offense to start clicking.”
Adrian knew with the talent on hand, the goals would come.
“Paige Schmidt scored the first two goals, which were almost identical headers off of Alayna Wallace corners,” Adrian said. “The girls were relentless and wore down Salina. Paige scored her second early on and then Aislinn Hughes got her first goal of the season on a breakaway. Michelle Carrillo capped off the night with a great finish after some excellent team play.”
Adrian hopes this game will be a springboard.
“It was a great team effort from every player and I thought we played great defensively, but Anna Schwindt particularly did have a great game in the midfield,” Adrian said. “Even though she didn’t score any goals or get any assists, she was aggressive and won just about every tackle setting the tone for the team.”
MHS opens McPherson Invitational play at 8 p.m. Tuesday against Andover Central.
“Things definitely don’t get any easier for us as we play Andover Central in the first round of the tournament next week, but we are ready for a challenge and appreciate the tough schedule because our ultimate goal is to be playing here at McPherson come the end of May (in the Final Four),” Adrian said.