The offensive explosion continued Thursday night for the McPherson High School girls soccer team.
The Bullpups defeated Rose Hill 10-0 and scored their 95th goal of the season in the process. McPherson is now outscoring its opponents 95-6 this season with only a home matchup against Salina Central next Thursday remaining on the regular season schedule.
Even if the Bullpups do not score five goals against Salina Central, they would still have a good chance at scoring their 100th goal of the season at home in the playoffs.
“I told the girls to look back and admire what they’ve done,” head coach Chris Adrian said, “but let that get us excited about the opportunity that lies ahead for this team. Ninety-five is unreal; that’s the most I’ve ever had with anyone at this point — that’s the most I’ve ever heard anyone have at this point.”
The Bullpups scored their first two goals in similar fashion with Hannah Hageman delivering beautiful corner kicks that were headed in by Laiken Hein and the other by Aislinn Hughes for an early 2-0 lead.
“Those first two goals off corner kicks, that’s something we’ve been stressing a lot,” Adrian said. “Hannah is so great at delivering that ball, and we feel we haven’t scored as many corner kicks as we should have this year.”
Hughes helped orchestrate the next goal, delivering a perfect pass to Kenzee Godwin who drove the ball through the goalkeeper and into the net with 21 minutes left in the first half.
The Claire Hedlund show began after the Bullpups went up 3-0. Hedlund scored three goals in the final 17 minutes of the first half to double the lead heading into halftime.
Hedlund scored the first goal out of halftime, and her fourth of the game, three minutes into the second half.
“Claire hustles so much out there,” Adrian said. “A lot of the goals she scores are maybe not the prettiest, but she wants it more than the other team and works her tail off.”
Jaycee Burghart and Anna Nason would also find the score column, while Hughes ended the game on a penalty kick with 27 minutes left on the clock. McPherson’s mercy rule win was its third in a row and fourth in five games.
Thanks to a 13-1-1 record so far, the Bullpups will host playoff games through state. However, McPherson must take on a tough Salina Central team before turning its attention to the playoffs.
“Salina Central will give us a bigger test than what we’ve seen this week, which is good,” Adrian said. “We’re going to be ready for a good game.”
Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at McPherson Stadium.