On a night not meant for messing around, the Lee’s Summit girls soccer team made its intentions clear: Let’s get this done and get out of here.
Lee’s Summit sent that message with three quick goals early in the first half that put the Tigers on their way to an 8-0 victory over Raytown during pool play March 26 in the 16th Annual Lee’s Summit District Varsity Girls’ Soccer Invitational at Hertzog Stadium.
With the rain falling and an icy wind blowing from the south, the Tigers’ offense collapsed on the Blue Jays like a tidal wave, scoring three goals within a span of 1 minute and 25 seconds.
Midfielder Jacque Sampson began the barrage with the first score with 34:14 left in the half, Peyton Seymour chipped in a goal 53 seconds later, and Aubrie Hursh completed the trifecta 32 seconds after Seymour’s score.
“Early on we used a lot of pressure,” Tigers head coach Dave Wiebenga said. “We wanted to pressure Raytown to create as many turnovers on their half of the field as possible, and take advantage of the short field.”
From the 32:49 mark in the first half, all that was left for Lees Summit to battle was the weather.
“We have played in worse conditions,” said Wiebenga. “Last May we played a match during a snow storm. I was talking about that with the girls and I asked them which was worse tonight or the snow storm, and they said the snow storm by far.”
Tell that to the 31 people in the stands with umbrellas nearly vertical, trying to stave off the ice pellets propelled by the 17 mile-per-hour wind.
Seymour finished the contest with three goals, Hursh two and Sampson one. The Blue Jays contributed two scores for the Tigers by deflecting the ball into their own net. It was just one of those nights where Lee’s Summit could do no wrong, and Raytown couldn’t catch a break.
“We have been talking a lot about stepping up to the plate and respecting our opponent. The mantra right now is for us to be the best at what we do every single night, we can’t take a night off,” Wiebenga said.
The 2-0 Tigers were scheduled to play again March 27 against Jefferson City. A win against Jays would make the Tigers undefeated in pool play and advance them to the championship round of the tournament.