With one goal

Special to the JournalOctober 25, 2013 

An 18th minute goal by Hunter Pickering was all Lee’s Summit North needed to get to its 14th straight win with a 1-0 result at Lee’s Summit Oct. 22.

Cody Hoffman dribbled down the left side of the field and laid it off to Pickering, who finished on a first-time shot.

The Broncos (15-2-1, 8-0) started the 2013 campaign 1-2-1, but have rattled off 14 wins in a row since Sept. 16.

“We just look at one game at a time,” LSN head coach Tim Richardson said. “We look at our next opponent: what do we need to do to play against them and be successful? (We) try to do that, implement that strategy in practice and go out and play.”

A week after blasting Blue Springs 8-0, Lee’s Summit couldn’t find the back of the net. The Tigers didn’t lack in chances, outshooting the Broncos 18-15. LSN keeper Parker Johnson came up big several times in the first half to keep the Tigers at bay.

“We moved the ball fine, we just couldn’t finish,” Tiger head coach Dave Wiebenga said. “That’s the name of the game. Parker Johnson stood on his head tonight, and I think that was the difference. In the first half, it could have been a 3-1 game at half, and who knows where that goes. We’ve just got to execute better on the attacking third against these better opponents”

Halfway through the first half, Dalton Souder sent a cross in the box and Blake Lines got on the end of it with a header on target, but Johnson dove to his left and pushed ball out.

In the 33rd minute, Austin Williamson cracked a shot off, again forcing Johnson to make a diving save. He finished with five saves in the 11th Bronco shutout of the year.

“Parker came up real big in goal, especially in the first half,” Richardson said. “He made some really good saves. And our guys, in the second half we asked them to man mark some of their key players and they did that and they shut them down. Lee’s Summit’s a really good team. We totally respect them.”

The one time the Tigers beat Johnson, the shot bounced off the frame. Jacob Joersz crossed the ball to the right post and Lines shot went back across the goal and off the left post three minutes after halftime.

Neither team could take much control of the game and neither teams had more than a handful of good scoring chances. North got six shots on target and the Tigers tallied five.

“I thought (the Tiger defense) played well,” Wiebenga said. “Romen (Pena) came up huge on a couple of big saves. We did a much better job of dealing with Hoffman tonight than we did the first time. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the defense.”

Hoffman couldn’t find the target on two first-half free kicks in dangerous places and had a couple of chances during the run of play. One shot got deflected over the bar by Clinton Boyles that might have otherwise found the net inside the far post.

Pena got a hand on a shot from Dylan Shillcutt that had a chance of falling just inside the top corner in the first half.

Lee’s Summit (9-6, 3-4) looks to rebound Oct. 25 at Raymore-Peculiar and Lee’s Summit North will put their streak on the line Oct. 28 at Blue Springs South.

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