Two games. Two dominating performances.
McPherson High’s girls soccer team completed its first week of play Thursday by blanking Great Bend 4-0 in its home opener.
MHS now has outscored its first two opponents, 7-0. The Bullpups could get more of a read of just how good they really are next week when they host their annual tournament.
For now, first-year head coach Gary Buum likes what he sees.
“Everybody stepped it up tonight,” said Buum, whose only complaint in his opener had been a slow start.
There was no such sluggishness in this one, as the Bullpups raced to a 3-0 halftime lead.
“We talked about that (the slow start) and it must of helped,” Buum said. “We came out strong.”
Shelbi Otte, Colleen O’Connor and Jena Larzalere scored the first-half goals, with Tess Ingermanson completing the scoring in the second half.
Two of the goals came off corner kicks by Claire Schwindt. Larzalere also had an assist.
Buum believes the Bullpups are on par with the better teams around.
“They’re good and they’re getting better every game,” he said, noting there’s a lot of young players who are logging key minutes.
In fact, MHS did not start a single senior and had four freshmen who saw considerable time.
MHS lost the JV game, 1-0.
The Bullpups begin tournament play at 8 p.m. Tuesday when they take on Augusta. The tournament also is contested on Thursday and Saturday, with the title game at 6 p.m.