AUGUSTA — McPherson High’s boys soccer team dominated overmatched Augusta on Tuesday, goal-ruling the Orioles 10-0.
Darrius Armstrong was unstoppable with four goals to highlight the Bullpup onslaught. Britton Haigh added two goals, while Rhett Edmonson, Devin Cape, Connor Williams and Luke Brossard tallied singletons.
Assists were by Armstrong, Williams, Edmonson, Jael Jaime and Samie Jamie.
MHS assaulted the pipes with 25 shots, while Bullpup tender Nathan Lloyd never had to move to make a save.
The victory gave MHS a 5-3 record as this match finished the first half of play and the Bullpups now get some lengthy time off before their next game.
“Tonight was a comfortable win and hopefully gave a lot of guys confidence going forward,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We weren't 100 percent going into the game with Austin Monroe out with a knee injury and in addition, Tyler Hoxie and Drew Schrader only played about 20 minutes because of their minor injuries. Credit the players for stepping up big and coming out focused. I thought we dominated all phases of the game from start to finish.”
There were several plays who caught Adrian’s eye.
“Noah Scott did a perfect job stepping in for Austin Monroe on defense and Darrius Armstrong showed he can be a goal scorer,” Adrian said. “We had some great combination play in this game and the highlight of the night for me was our second goal which started with us playing a ball back to our goal keeper Nathan Lloyd and then building out of the back with some nice one- and two-touch passing resulting in a breakaway for Britton Haigh. We've now got a nice stretch without a game to heal up and get some solid practice time in to prepare for the second half of the season.”
The JVs also had a breeze, 6-0. Cody Achilles and Logan Ediger tallied two goals apiece, while Florian Gergs and Zach Wash had the others. Ediger, Achilles, Gergs and Marcel Hortskamp were credited with assists.
The Bullpups played seven of their eight first-half games on the road. They are home on Sept. 28 to take on Mulvane.