McPherson High School’s girls soccer team definitely made a statement Monday as they gear up for the second half of the season.

McPherson High School’s girls soccer team definitely made a statement Monday as they gear up for the second half of the season.
The Bullpups, who have struggled in recent weeks, unloaded all their frustrations out on an overmatched Augusta squad, winning handily 8-1.
“We’ve played a lot of really tough teams the first half,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We wanted to show that only made this team better. We played [Augusta] a few weeks ago and we beat them by more goals this time. I thought we created a lot more chances and just played better. We’re improving really quickly and it’s exciting to watch.”
The Bullpups (3-6) were up 2-0 with a minute left to go in the first half thanks to goals by Jordan Bruner and Alayna Wallace, when the Orioles were awarded a penalty shot.
Shelby Clay drove through a shot that just made it past MHS goalkeeper Shaelah White that made it 2-1 MHS at the intermission.
It was probably the worst thing Augusta could have done, as it seemingly woke up the sleeping giant.
The Bullpups came out in the second half on fire.
“They were not happy [about the goal,” Adrian said. “They came out in the second half on a mission after that.”
The Bullpups ended up taking 24 shots on goal, with Wallace picking up a hat trick off goals at 31:03 and 24:00 in the second half.
MHS also had two goals from Breckon Kaufman and one each from Zaida Chapman and Shelby Gudenkauf.
“We were able to keep passing it and moving the ball really easily, getting lots of good chances to score,” Adrian said. “It was just a really good team effort. Four of our goals came off of left-footed shots, which is something we’ve struggled with.”
White made three total saves off four Oriole shots. Augusta’s Brittany Johnson made 16 saves.
More than anything, Monday’s blowout was a palate cleanser for the Bullpups as they get ready to enter league play.
“It was a good game for these girls to build their confidence,” Adrain said. “And they needed that bad because, even the first half, we were getting frustrated because [shots] would hit the post or hit the one person standing in the goal. It wouldn’t seem like it would come.”
The JV Bullpups also were commanding in their  6-0 win over Augusta. Riley Burghart had a pair of second half goals, while MHS also had scores from Elizabeth Evans, Jordan Bruner, Ashley Gant and Wendi Koehn.
The Bullpups don’t have any time to rest, however, as they turn around and face Rose Hill tonight at McPherson Stadium.
“The good news is that we got a lot of subs in today,” Adrian said. “I think we’ll be fine. Every one who needed a rest was able to get a rest today.”
McPherson hosts the Rockets starting at 6 p.m. for the JV and 7:30 p.m. for the Varsity.