The McPherson High School girls' soccer team scored another victory over El Dorado High School 14-0 in the opening round of the Class 4-1A Regionals.
This rematch ended with the same score as Tuesday’s game against the Wildcats.
McPherson didn’t waste any time putting points on the board as they scored seven goals in the first 10 minutes of the first half.
McPherson head coach Chris Adrian said the difference between this meet-up with El Dorado and the last one is an early first goal scored by Hannah Hageman.
The Bullpups found their stride after that.
“I liked how we came out ready to go,” Adrian said. “Last year when we played El Dorado in a post season game, it was 0-0 20 minutes into the first half.
Then we went on to score 10 goals in the next 20 minutes. We set the tone early from the start.”
McPherson scored 14 goals off 18 shots, and had 14 of its team members score each of the goals against El Dorado.
Eight of McPherson’s scorers were reserve players -— some of them booted their first goal of the year.
Adrian put in all the reserves as he rested his starters. He said he was looking toward Thursday’s matchup.
“You see a lot of girls being unselfish. They had chances to score and find teammates,” Adrian said. “There were few that haven’t scored goals this year, and you could see teammates going out of their way to set up teammates to score. It shows what this team is all about. It’s not about the individual.
They care about their teammates so much, and that’s pretty much what makes this team so special.”
McPherson’s scoring leader Aislinn Hughes was one of the 14 to put a goal on the board for McPherson.
She would score her 28th goal of the season, which surpasses the school record for most goals in a single season.
The humble senior couldn’t ask for a better way to break the record than at home and with her teammates.
“Breaking this record means a lot to me. It just reminds me that great things can come out of working hard and giving it your all,” Hughes said. “It was also extremely cool to be able to share that moment with my teammates, some whom I have been playing with since I was three. They all are such a big part of my success, and I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”
The Bullpups have outscored their opponents 118-7in 17 games. Now at 15-1-1, The team has their eyes on Andover Central High School in the regional finals. Andover Central is coming off a 2-0 win against Buhler High School. McPherson has already beaten the Lady Jaguars 4-0 back in March. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. on May 17.
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