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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpup kickers dominate Circle 5-1

  • McPherson High girls’ soccer coach Chris Adrian no idea as to which Bullpup team would take the field Monday against Circle.
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  • McPherson High girls’ soccer coach Chris Adrian no idea as to which Bullpup team would take the field Monday against Circle.
    Was it the team that upset a very good Hays squad a week ago, or was it the one that lost to Buhler on Thursday.
    “I was curious to see how the girls would play tonight,” Adrian said. “I had a feeling they were going to come out firing and that was the case.”
    The Bullpups had scored two goals before the first 10 minutes elapsed and they finished out a 5-1 dismantling of the Thunderbirds with only allowing the one shot on goal.
    Zaida Chapman had a tremendous night for the Bullpups, as she scored twice, book-ending a three-goal first half. Alayna Wallace also had two goals, one in each half, and Paige Schmidt added the other.
    The Pups, who took 17 total shots, had assists from Schmidt, Heidi Myers and Addie Lanning.
    “It was a great team effort tonight and we played with a lot of energy,” Adrian said. “Zaida had two great goals tonight on difficult shots, Alayna scored two great free kicks and Paige was able to get back out there after her ankle injury and score a goal.”
    It was the first two goals, from Chapman and Wallace, respectively, that really set the tone for the Bullpup (6-8-1) win.
    “Getting those two early goals really helped relax the girls and allowed them to play some good soccer,” Adrian said, “[It also gave] me a chance to rest a lot of girls, which was nice since we play again [tonight].”
    The MHS junior varsity also picked up a 1-0 win against the T-Birds. Riley Burghart scored the Bullpup goal.
    Monday’s win had postseason implications for the Bullpups, as they now have the potential to host a first-round regional game May 19 or 20. Even more beneficial is the fact that game could be against the T-Birds.
    Which makes both Monday’s win and tonight’s game Great Bend both vitally important for the Bullpups.
    “These young girls are growing up fast and look to be peaking at just the right time,” Adrian said.
    Senior night festivities for McPherson begin at 6 p.m. at McPherson Stadium with the junior varsity game. The varsity will take the field at approximately 7:30 p.m.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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