McPherson is now 4-1 of the season after a win over the Lady Spartans.
A week after the McPherson tournament, the McPherson High School girls soccer team returned back to their home field where they routed Wichita Collegiate High School 6-1. Half of those points came from senior leader Aislinn Hughes. McPherson is now 4-1 of the season after a win over the Lady Spartans.
The Lady Pups didn't waste any time putting up points on the board in the first half. Jessie Kynaston scored the Lady Pups' first goal after reaching the 35-minute mark. Hughes gave the senior the assist.
Collegiate, despite making fast breaks in the tackle box, was unable to get any shot on goal in the first half, while the McPherson had 11. Meghan Smith made a key stop early in the first half by avoiding Collegiate to get a shot off.
"I thought our performance was pretty good. Defensively, I thought we had some good moments. There were still a few times where there were some miscommunication, but it's early in the season. We'll get that sorted out," McPherson head coach Chris Adrian said after the game.
Hughes had her pair of goals in the first half. One was after the Collegiate goalkeeper got a tap on the ball, but it still sneaked its way into the net. The other goal came from the assist by Kenzee Godwin. It was 3-0 at halftime.
"We were really dangerous from the outside. Whether from Jessie (Kynaston) or Kenzee (Godwin), we knew that was the area that we could expose with our speed. We were looking to really get to the end line, and that's what created the goals for Aislinn (Hughes) because we can get around and play the pass to her when she's in the right spot," Adrian said.
In the second half, McPherson kept dominating in both phases of the ball, scoring three more goals. The fourth goal came from Hannah Hageman attacking the tackle box to make it 4-0. Right after that, Hughes had an encore finish by nailing a hat trick to give McPherson their fifth goal of the night. Just when you were expecting the Lady Pups to shut out Collegiate, the Lady Spartans were able to score their first and only goal of the night led by Maddie Lee.
"They put our players under pressure as good as any girls that we're going to see up top from their attackers," Adrian said.
McPherson sealed the deal after scoring their sixth goal of the night led by Claire Hedlund. The Lady Pups recorded 22 shots on goal while Collegiate only had two.
McPherson will be back on the field Thursday night as they will face Circle High School at 6:30 p.m.
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