McPherson High’s girls soccer team and Mulvane both entered Friday’s game with three losses, but that’s where the similarity ended.
The Bullpups were a 2-0 winner to remain undefeated in AVCTL play, but the Wildcats probably were fortunate the margin wasn’t twice or even thrice that.
MHS was a nation of domination, firing off 11 shots on goal to just one for the Wildcats to improve to 9-3 with two weeks of games left to play.
“We should have finished that off (with more goals),” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Really in the first half when we got that second goal, their heads went down on their team. And we just got nice... (we should) be selfish and take the shots, score the goals.”
The Bullpups put the game away in a blink of an eye. With 17:11 left in the first half, Paige Schmidt made a nice give-and-go pass to Anna Schwindt, who made the deposit for a 1-0 lead. Just 66 seconds later, cornerkick master Alayana Wallace put a boot right on the money to Schmidt, who headed it in for a 2-0 lead.
MHS had numerous chances in the second half and kept the ball in Mulvane’s end for the most part as Bullpup goalie Sydney Ruder enjoyed a stress-free night between the pipes to earn yet another shutout.
“They’re a good team. They’re better than they’ve been,” Adrian said of the Wildcats. “We didn’t put them away. The score really didn’t reflect things. Our girls are just too nice sometimes.”
Adrian said Schmidt had a big game.
“I thought Paige played really good tonight,” Adrian said. “Paige, having her and Aislinn (Hughes) up top... both of them wouldn’t never give up on anything.”
The Bullpups complete their three-game homestand on Tuesday hosting Hays.
The McPherson JVs were a 1-0 winner, with Rayne Penny scoring the game’s only goal, assisted by Kenzie Shoulders.