The McPherson High School girls soccer team made quite an impression after one-half of soccer as the Lady Pups shut out Great Bend High School 10-0 on Tuesday.
"You never know what type of game you're going to get," Bullpups Head Coach Chris Adrian said. "Getting a couple of early goals was really big for us because it could've stayed 2-0. Once we got the third, fourth, fifth goal, you can tell that they were done on a hot day."
The match lasted less than one hour, and the Lady Pups produced 20 shots on goal on the Panthers. Anna Nason was the top scorer for the Bullpups. Her second hat-trick of the season was not enough for the junior. Nason scored four of the 10 Bullpup goals to beat Great Bend.
"You can tell during the warm-up...I mean she's such a competitor, and like postseason games, that brings the best in her," Adrian said. "You could see me and Eric (Burghart) were like, she's going to have a good game. First one up, she was all over the place, fighting."
Belle Alexander also had strong performance after collecting two goals for the Bullpups. Kenzee Godwin, Lauren Labertew, Claire Hedlund and Megan Everhart were all on the board as well.
"Belle Alexander, I thought, was another one that really did a nice job," Adrian said. "One thing she added to her game is the ability to get on the end of the corner kicks, and the throws. We got (Michaela) Bowers, Belle and Hannah (Hageman) attacking those corner kicks. Those are the three really good players."
As expected, the Bullpups will move to the regional finals to take on Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School on Thursday. Kapaun, at 12-5, is coming off a 3-2 win over Salina South on Monday. For the Bullpups, this could be a match that might attract attention against other potential state-qualifying teams, including Bishop Carroll High School.
" That's a program that's so strong all season long," Adrian said. "Our girls, it kind of felt like we are overlooked in McPherson, and that's what I told them after this game that this is their opportunity. Win that game Thursday, and people will notice you. We have to come out fired up and ready to go. I'm excited about it. The girls are pumped up and ready. We're playing our best soccer at the right time."
Kickoff of the regional finals will begin at 6 p.m.
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