It was just two weeks ago when the McPherson High School girls soccer team shut out Augusta High School, 8-0, during the McPherson Invitational. Two weeks later, both sides met again, but the Bullpups remained stronger after shutting out the Orioles, 10-0, for the second time this season.
"I think we showed some improvements over the last time we played this team couple weeks ago, and that was our goal today, to show we were better than we were two weeks ago, and I think we did some things better for sure," Bullpups' Head Coach Chris Adrian said.
The Bullpups put up 17 shots on goal, and 10 of them came in the first half when McPherson led 6-0. The Lady Pups were already up 3-0 in the first five minutes of the first half. Hannah Hageman set the tone with the first goal of the night, and Claire Hedlund followed it up another goal right after. Hedlund and Kenzee Godwin stated to look like a one-two punch as both led the Bullpups with three goals the whole game.
Godwin, who Adrian considered her to be the MVP of Tuesday's match, not only scored three goals, but she also produced three assists. That's what stood out the most to Adrian.
"She could've had six assists. One thing that she worked on was not just beating people in scoring, and you saw today that she beat one girl and find the open player," Adrian said. "She had so many great passes, and that was the best passing game I've seen her play."
Also contributing in the scoreboard was Jaycee Burghart, Anna Nason and Belle Alexander. Alexander launched a 35-yard goal that would close out the second half with only less than 15 minutes to spare. Adrian believed the corner kicks factored in getting scoring position for shots on goal. He now believes that it is one of the Bullpups' main strength of this season.
"Corner kicks, I thought, we were really dangerous," Adrian said. "Kenzee (Godwin) was getting on the end a lot of those (corner kicks), and Jaycee Burghart was getting on in the end, winning that first ball, which was something we've talked about lately."
McPherson improves to 7-1 in the mid-point of this season. The Lady Pups will be back on the road to take on Salina Central High School on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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