TMP takes care of Great Bend

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The Thomas More Prep-Marian girls’ soccer team appears to have adjusted to its new formation.

Thursday’s 10-0 win over Great Bend at Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex not only surprised head coach Darryl Wellbrock, it was the second consecutive game the Monarchs (5-1-1) have ended early.

Junior wing Ashley Ostrander said the Monarchs were able to gain some confidence from their only loss this season.

“I think when we played Bishop Carroll, getting all that pressure on us, I think helped us kinda figure it out,” Ostrander said.

There was far less pressure Thursday, as the Monarchs controlled possession and created scoring opportunities in bunches. Looks at goal were so abundant that Wellbrock stressed finishing when speaking with his team following the game.

“Shooting, one on ones,” answered Ostrander when asked where the Monarchs still had room to improve. “We need to find the open goal and not shoot right at the keeper.”

The Monarchs converted early, opening up a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes.

Juniors Ostrander, Kayla Vitztum and Aubrey Koenigsman each scored in the first six minutes.

Senior Megan Koenigsman added to the lead in the 14th minute before Aubrey Koenigsman set up Vitztum’s second goal two minutes later.

Ostrander recorded her brace in the 23rd minute on an assist from Megan Koenigsman.

Peyton Brown scored her first TMP goal in the 25th before Aubrey Koenigsman capped an eight-goal first half with a finish in the 36th minute.

The junior completed her hat trick in the 43rd minute before senior Deonna Wellbrock ended the affair with a goal in the 55th minute.

Wichita Trinity figures to present more of a challenge when the Monarchs return to action with a road game on Monday. After that, the Monarchs will return to Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex for Thursday’s contest against Hays High School.