A week off proved to be the perfect elixir for McPherson High’s girls soccer team.
MHS looked re-energized from the start against a strong Goddard team here Tuesday, scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes on its way to an impressive 4-1 victory.
MHS is now 1-1 in AVCTL Division II games and 8-3 overall, with a busy week awaiting it, with games Thursday at Salina Central and Friday at Andover.
“For the first time this season we came out and scored an early goal, which is what I’m always preaching,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We’ve got to come out hard and set the tone early, which is what we did.”
Shelbi Otte punched in the first Bullpup goal at the 32:48 mark and just over 10 minutes later, it was Tess Ingermanson who rang the bell, as her header was denied, but she then knocked in the rebound.
Goddard cut the lead in half when Morgan Patterson scored with 14:30 left in the first half.
But MHS dominated the second half. Hannah Willems scored at the 26-minute mark and with just under two minutes left, Hailey Ruder rebounded a Logan Crowther shot that had hit the post.
“I thought we played physical and we played clean. We played hard,” Adrian said. “It was our best game. We passed the ball well and we used the field. Finally you can start to see the connections the players have with each other. We’re finally working off each other, things we were missing earlier.”
MHS finished with a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal, 8-1 in the second half.
The MHS JVs lost 3-0 despite 11 saves in goal by Shaelah White.