It went from bad to worse for the Winfield Vikings.
And that’s before they ever stepped on to the pitch Tuesday night at McPherson Stadium.
Not only did their bus driver take a wrong turn on the 90-mile trip up, the vehicle then broke down. By the time the Vikings arrived for the soccer match with McPherson High, they were more than 30 minutes late.
Once the game started, the Bullpups dominated the action for a 5-0 victory to improve to 4-2 on the season.
MHS had been struggling offensively through the first third of the season, but it broke the seal on this night.
“It felt good. You saw guys like Britton (Haigh) and Darrius (Armstrong) playing with a lot of confidence,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We’ve had some games before where they get those opportunities and kind of timidly hit their shot, but today they were looking to score and playing with confidence. Drew Schrader did a really nice job when he was moved into that forward position.”
It was scoreless for the first 28 minutes before Devin Cape banged through the game’s first goal. Before the half was over, Britton Haigh scored off a Samie Jaime assist.
Haigh was far from done.
The Bullpups came out on the attack to start the second half with three quick goals, two of them by Haigh. He made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal and then after a nice goal by Darrius Armstrong, assisted by Noah Scott, Haigh completed his hat trick.
“He’s got such a burst of speed,” Adrian said of Haigh “He’s deceptively fast. That’s why we try to get him in those positions as that midfielder where he can sprint through. You really saw that today from him. When he can get two or three steps and get going, he’s just so dangerous.”
MHS controlled possession about 75 percent of the game, firing off 11 shots to just one for the Vikings, who are rebuilding this year after being highly competitive in recent years. Nathan Lloyd had to turn back only one attempt.
MHS won the JV game 2-0, with goals by Zach Wash and Cody Achilles. Marcel Horstkamp was credited with an assist on Wash’s goal.
MHS heads to Salina Central on Thursday. The Mustangs have been a traditional Class 5A power and showed plenty of offense on Tuesday by goal-ruling Goddard, 10-0.