BUHLER — McPherson High’s fifth soccer victory in a row was one of its sweetest.
The Bullpups thoroughly dominated arch-rival Buhler 4-0 on Thursday to improve to 11-3 overall and enhance their chances for a high seed when postseason play rolls around.
MHS has one week of games left in the regular season, at home on Monday against Circle and then Thursday at Valley Center, which is one of the better teams in Class 5A.
MHS coach Chris Adrian was all smiles after his team’s latest conquest as it excelled in all phases of the game.
“Tonight was really a great game,” Adrian said. “I was obviously very pleased with the win, but what pleased me the most was the way we played. We played some of our best soccer of the season and are hitting our stride at just the right time. I also got contributions from every single player on my bench. When I subbed players, we never lost a beat.”
Freshman Aislinn Hughes has simply exploded the second half of the season. She recorded a hat trick and assisted on the other goal. Paige Schmidt also scored, while Alayna Wallace had two assists and Anna Schwindt one.
“It’s difficult to name one or two players that made the difference because I thought every player on the field played well, but Aislinn Hughes, Alayna Wallace and Anna Schwindt were on their game and played with amazing energy,” Adrian said. “Our first goal came off a set play we have been practicing and the players executed it perfectly. In the second half I saw something I’ve been waiting to see, we scored an early goal, but instead of letting up, the players all became even more hungry to score goals and raised their level of play.”
Buhler did apply some offensive pressure, but the Bullpup defense was strong and Sydney Ruder recorded yet another shutout in goal as she came up with three saves.
“Buhler is a solid team, evidenced by their 4-0 win over Goddard earlier in the week, but our defense kept them under control for the entire game,” Adrian said.
There was no JV game due to lightning.