McPherson High’s girls soccer team opened its season in successful fashion Thursday with a 3-1 victory over Great Bend.
MHS’ goals were by Alicia Dean, Claire Schwindt (penalty kick) and Ashley Janda. Shelbi Otte had an assist.
MHS jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half and was able to maintain control throughout.
“It was a very difficult game to play with such a strong wind blowing across the field and sprinkles of rain on and off, but it affected both teams equally and was something that definitely factored into the game plan,” MHS coach Todd Brittingham said. “We created a lot of scoring chances and credit Great Bend’s goalie for making some big saves and keeping them within striking distance. The coaching staff was pleased with the way our defense played.  Goalkeeper Alissa Modlin played her first-ever varsity game and made some big-time goalkeeping decisions early to establish our game.”
The JVs rolled to a 5-0 win. Logan Crowther had two goals, while Tanner Hein, Ashlea Hamilton and Tess Ingermanson had one. Hein and Crowther had assists.
MHS hosts Topeka High at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the McPherson Invitational.