Ferguson’s hat trick leads Piper past Bonner Springs
Kansas City, Kan. The scoreboard tilted in Piper’s favor Tuesday night at PHS, but Bonner Springs girls soccer coach Mike Moulin said he believed his Braves outplayed the Pirates for most of the 3-1 loss.
Piper is ranked fourth in the state in Class 4-1A.
“I felt we kind of controlled the tempo of the game maybe the entire second half, and maybe even most of the first half,” Moulin said. “But you’ve got a person who knows how to finish. That’s their number one go-to guy, and unfortunately we didn’t stop her.”
That go-to player was Piper forward Becca Ferguson. A lethal attacker, she tallied all three of the Pirates’ goals.
“I think Ferguson’s very dangerous,” Moulin said. “Our focus was on Ferguson. I think we have some outside girls who can contain and control (their perimeter players), but Ferguson is dangerous.”
The Braves did a good job limiting Ferguson’s opportunities, but she made the most of the few that she got.
Bonner Springs scored first on a goal by junior Mikayla Burgoon about seven minutes into the game.
Piper answered a few minutes later as Ferguson scored her first goal and tied the match at 1-1.
Both teams created a few more scoring opportunities during the half, but the game remained deadlocked at intermission.
While Ferguson was Piper’s top attacker, the Braves’ defense battled to break up well-placed passes from Piper’s Stevi Long and Megan Woolley. For the most part, BSHS was successful.
Bonner Springs’ bid for a victory took a serious blow moments into the second half when Burgoon suffered a knee injury and had to be carried off the field.
“She’s a very strong, smart player, and she was tearing it up,” Moulin said. “Losing her is a big deal.”
Still, the Braves did their best to overcome the injury, and they controlled the majority of possession during the final 40 minutes. Yesenia Hernandez, Bailey Hightower, Alexis Clark, Skyler Taylor and Chelsea Crawford put the Piper goal under constant pressure. Madison Morris and Emily Hunt also pushed up from the defensive end to bolster the Braves’ attack at times.
Still, BSHS was unable to capitalize on its opportunities while Ferguson had two solid looks — once in the 51st minute and again in the 77th minute — and scored both times.
“We’ve got to get better at finishing,” Moulin said. “That’s always been our problem. We’re in the right place at the right time, but we’ve got to finish.”
Bonner Springs (4-6) next plays at 6 p.m. today at home against Bishop Ward. The Braves return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Christ Prep.