It was 11-0 at halftime – but the Queenstown Rovers women’s soccer team were just warming up.
The side, running riot against Invercargill’s Western, weren’t about to relax and take it easy.
They added another 15 goals in the second 40 to start the Southland senior league last Sunday with a 26-0 blowout.
Player of the day Mamen Romero netted five times for the Rovers who are the defending champions.
Younger players Gina Lilley, Connor Moore, Sophie Aitken and Hannah Anstiss were all outstanding, coach Bob Johnson says.
Lilley scored four goals as did Tricia Johnson.
The Rovers entered the game with only five players from last season but have bolstered their ranks with Queenstown and Wanaka high school players.
“Despite the total dominance, Rovers continued to play a disciplined game and have set a very high standard for themselves for the rest of the season,” Johnson says.
This Sunday the team plays its first home game at the Queenstown Events Centre against Gore Wanderers at 1pm.
Meanwhile the Rovers men’s side lost 3-0 away to FootballSouth Premier League champion Dunedin Technical last Saturday.
Olli Ceci was the Rovers’ player of the day.
This Saturday the team travels to Dunedin again to play last season’s runner-up Caversham.