Tigers stop the slide

Special to the JournalOctober 21, 2013 

Three Lee’s Summit Tigers scored multiple goals in route to a 8-0 win against Blue Springs at Hertzog Stadium Oct. 15.

The win ends a 1-3 stretch for the Tigers (9-5, 3-3) in the last four games, with three of those games ending in either overtime or a shootout.

Blake Lines, Dalton Souder and Jacob Joersz each scored two goals in a barrage against the Wildcat net. The Tigers out-shot Blue Springs 36-11 and got 15 shots on target.

“We kind of struggled the last four games and to come out tonight,” Lee’s Summit head coach Dave Wiebenga said, “and do what we did tonight, I’m very, very proud of them all around. Everybody did their job from Romen (Pena) in goal to Jacob Joersz scoring two great goals and (Souder) getting two great goals tonight. Just a wonderful match. Wonderful.”

The Tigers exploited the space behind the Wildcat defense. Time and time again, Lee’s Summit found open players with through balls to run onto.

“We’ve been kind of tinkering a little bit with our play just trying to get some new looks with some guys,” Wiebenga said. “It paid off tonight. It’s still a work in progress. Definitely got some guys in behind, got a little bit more aggressive on the attacking end and it paid off.”

The first five goals came via runs behind the defense. Jake Pycior latched onto one in the 18th minute and found Lines on a cross for a one-time finish to open up the scoring. On a counter attack, Zach McCarty ran onto a ball behind the defense. Wildcat keeper Joel Gilbert came out to snuff McCarty’s shot, but the ball bounced to Souder, who calmly finished into the empty net from around 30 yards out in the 22nd minute.

Pycior linked up again with Lines in the 43rd minute to put LSHS up 3-0 on the first shot of the second half.

From the end line, Austin Williamson sent a cross to the far post and Joersz hit a half volley top shelf in the 50th minute. Joersz doubled his goal tally eight minutes later off a cross from Souder.

Ryan Taylor made it 7-0 on a header from a Pycior corner, and Parker Gates added an eighth goal on a Joersz assist with two minutes left.

While the Tiger offense set the net ablaze, the defense only gave up a few good chances for Blue Springs to score. The Wildcats only really tested Pena once with a shot by Brandon Shipman nine minutes after halftime. Shipman sent another shot just high in the first half.

“Our defense played fantastic,” Wiebenga said. “It was a total team defensive effort. Everybody did really, really well tonight, my center backs, all my wing backs, everybody.”

The Tigers host rival Lee’s Summit North at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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