It was exactly how a team would like to say ‘thank you’ to it’s departing seniors.

It was exactly how a team would like to say ‘thank you’ to it’s departing seniors.

McPherson High dominated Circle for two halves of soccer Monday night at McPherson Stadium, downing the Thunderbirds 6-0 on Senior Night.

“We had about six or seven people with a goal or assist (Monday),” McPherson coach Chris Adrian said.

“It wasn’t just Colleen (O’Connor) or Hailey (Ruder) doing it all. We were getting people involved and we’ve got to continue to do that, especially post-season, where teams are going to try to stop us from doing what we’re best at.”

McPherson definitely looked to put their stamp on the Thunderbirds early, as Hannah Willems arced in a shot over Circle goalie Dallas Winter off a pass from Paige Schmidt barely 25 seconds into the game.

“That was such a huge boost,” Adrian said.

McPherson’s scoring went silent for the next 35 minutes of play, however, though they had plenty of opportunities. Ruder finally broke the scoring drought at the 3:25 mark of the first half with a header off a corner kick by O’Connor.

Paige Schmidt added a goal 20 seconds later, against assisted by O’Connor, to make it 3-0 at halftime.

Schmidt picked up two assists in the second half as the Pups kept rolling, first with 31:53 left in the seconds to Bailey Holton. Her second assist was to Ruder at the 26:03 mark.

O’Connor finished the scoring parade for MHS (6-7-1) with 13:31 left in the game after being set up by Ruder.

McPherson finished with 20 shots on goal.

The JV game ended with a 0-0 tie.

Two more games remain yet this week; today at Great Bend and Thursday at Buhler.

Today’s game with Great Bend starts at 4 p.m.