MULVANE — Nothing seemed out of the ordinary halfway through the first half of McPherson High’s season-opening soccer game against Mulvane Tuesday.
The teams were feeling each other out as the first 23 minutes produced nary a tally.
Then the skies opened and goals rained down on the Wildcats.
Stunningly, the Bullpups scored 11 goals in the final 17 minutes of the half to end the night early by the goal rule.
The 11-0 rout could be a signal that MHS is not rebuilding, but reloading.
“Well, I’ve never had a team score 11 goals in one half before,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “You could tell at the beginning of the game that we had a lot of players playing their first significant varsity minutes. Our touch was off and we seemed to panic whenever we got the ball. We created chances to score, but rushed our shots or hit the post.”
When MHS finally took a deep breath, it was an onslaught.
“After about 20 minutes you could notice the players relax and we looked much better,” Adrian said. “Jeremy Krehbiel scored the first goal on a PK and after that the floodgates opened. We tried to make the game harder than it had to be during the first 20 minutes, but once we settled down and played simple, the goals started to come. What I like is that we got goals from all over the field. Defenders scored making overlapping runs, midfielders scored combining through the middle and our forwards scored great goals from through balls.”
Ethan VanDorn, Patrick Munsey and Jose Arriola all scored two goals. Tallying one each were Krehbiel, Jamison Stout, Kento Aizawa, Jackson Lloyd and Andric McGill.
McGill added a pair of assists. Credited with one each were Arriola, Stout, Krehbiel and Aizawa. MHS fired 17 shots on goal and Sam Minnick picked up the win between the pipes as he had little action due to MHS’ offensive dominance.
“This was a great confidence-builder for a team who during the preseason had to keep hearing about the seniors that graduated from last year’s team and how we were going to replace them,” Adrian said. “These boys got their chance today to show they are fit for the varsity level and I’d say they took their chance well. Winning a game 11-0 is great, but we are not getting ahead of ourselves. We still have many things we need to improve on and we know we are going to face much tougher competition than what we saw tonight.”
The MHS JVs were a 4-1 winner. Lloyd scored two goals, while Cole Hansen and Joe Cox scored the others.
MHS will step way up in competition Thursday when it plays at Hays.