McPherson High’s girls soccer team is making this look way too easy so far.
The good times continued to roll for the Bullpups Tuesday in their own invitational tournament, as they dominated Augusta for a 7-0 victory to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.
There, the Bullpups will take on Newton at 8 p.m. in what should be their first major test of the year. The Railers advanced with a 2-0 victory over Maize South. In the other winner’s bracket semi, Hays takes on Andover Central.
Shelbi Otte set the tone for the Bullpups when she scored just 30 seconds into the game, the first of her three goals on the night. Claire Schwindt scored two minutes later off an Ashton Bruner assist, and before the half was over, Otte had scored again, as did Taylor Lummus. Jena Larzalere had an assist.
MHS kept it up in the second half, with Otte, Colleen O’Connor and Katie Mena all scoring. Larzalere had an assist on Otte’s goal.
All this stellar play made Bullpup coach Gary Buum a happy camper.
“We didn’t know what they’d be like,” Buum said of Augusta. “We played well again. Our midfield tore it up. Everybody who came off the bench played well. Everybody contributed.”
The Bullpups had a 20-2 advantage in shots, as Augusta seldom mounted a charge.
The Bullpups are now 3-0, all the wins by shutout.
Buum is looking forward to the Newton game.
“That should tell us a little more where we’re at,” he said.
Hays 1, Topeka 0-- Ellie Kasra’s goal in the first half proved to be the only scoring. Hays’ defense was superb, as Topeka did not get off a shot.
Andover Central 7, Salina South 0 -- It was an even game for a half, but the Jaguars exploded for seven goals after the break, three by Shelby Semetelli. Also scoring were Hannah Zarich, Courtney Huslig, Sarah Potter and Brooke Hansen, who also had two assists.
Newton 2, Maize South 0 -- The Railers scored a goal in each half. Celeste Blann and Ardys Woodward picked up Newton’s goals.