Salina South's boys scored four straight goals, including three in the second half, to erase an early deficit and claim a 4-2 victory over McPherson in their soccer season opener Tuesday night at Salina Stadium.


McPherson grabbed the lead in the 26th minute on a goal by Cody Achilles just two minutes after South had one waved off on an offside call. But the Cougars quickly equalized in the 28th on a blast by Alex Escobedo from near the top of the 18-yard box that found the top left corner.


Escobedo then set up the tiebreaking goal seven minutes into the second half with a run down the middle, slotting the ball left to Brandon Oaks at the 6-yard box. Ochs waited for the goalkeeper to commit and rolled it inside the near post.


The Cougars used a pair of quick strikes, both in the 70th minute, to put the game out of reach. Abhram's 50-yard direct free kick that slipped just under the crossbar made it 3-1, and Oaks followed with his second goal just seconds later from 20 yards.


McPherson, which fell to 0-2, got one back in the 78th minute from Caden Hargrave, but it was too little, too late.


After a sluggish start, South finished the first half strong and kept the momentum rolling into the second half, outshooting McPherson 15-7 and putting 11 of them on frame.


The Cougars travel to Valley Center on Thursday, then play next week in the Maize South Tournament.