The first round of the McPherson Invitational Girls Soccer Tournament was about the haves and the have-nots.
The four first-day winners on Tuesday overpowered their opponents as none of the games were close, as it’s obvious the field is divided in half.
Now it will get interesting tonight. After consolation games at 2 and 4, Newton takes on Topeka in the first winner’s bracket game at 6:00 at McPherson Stadium, with McPherson High going up against Maize South at 8.
“Thursday’s game against Maize South is going to be a great test for our team, they have an excellent midfield and a ton of speed,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team is 2-0 on the year and was a 4-0 winner over Salina South on Tuesday. “I’m looking forward to the matchup and it could possibly be a preview of a game later down the road as they are now in 4A.”
Maize South had little trouble with Hays in the first round, cruising to a 3-0 victory.
Newton pounded Andover Central 6-0 on Tuesday and Topeka High blitzed Augusta, 10-0. Adrian said earlier that Newton could be the team to beat because of its explosive offense.
The tournament wraps on Friday with four more games, capped by the 8:00 championship game.