The way Lee’s Summit North goalkeeper Bailey Doerflinger has been playing lately, making a one-goal lead stick is no problem.
Such was the case April 8, when Doerflinger, with some help from the Broncos’ defenders, made an early score hold up for a 1-0 victory over Lee’s Summit on the Broncos’ home field.
Doerflinger, a senior, recorded her second-straight shutout, having helped blank Blue Springs 5-0 the night before. And when the Broncos lost to Blue Valley Northwest 1-0 in last weekend’s MO/KAN Invitational, she still had a solid game.
Lee’s Summit, which has been on a roll of its own lately, made Doerflinger work for this one. She made six saves, including a full-extension one midway through the second half.
“Bailey’s had a great run the last three games,” Lee’s Summit North coach Ryan Kelley said. “She’s really stepped up. I don’t know if her confidence is up or what but she’s been hot right now.”
Doerflinger deflected the credit to her teammates, who she said are starting to come together after getting off to a slow start.
“Our midfield is strong, which is helping our defense, and our defense is strong, which is helping me” Doerflinger said. “We’re really as a team working very, very hard.
“We made a connection with our last tournament. Something clicked and we just figured out how to move the ball and work together.”
Doerflinger had a lead to protect after Madison Chapman scored for the Broncos about 8 minutes into the game. The Broncos played the ball through to Chapman, who was able to save the ball from getting out of bounds to make a last-second touch around the keeper for her first goal of the season.
“It was a great effort on her part,” Kelley said. “She wanted that first goal and she really went after it.”
After that, the Broncos had to hold on in what became a back-and-forth match. Lee’s Summit coach Dave Wiebenga said his team had its chances but they just couldn’t finish them.
“I thought we were able to match them the rest of the match and actually create more opportunities,” Wiebenga said. “Last year, we were not creating chances. We now need to do a better job of capitalizing on our chances in tight matches.”
Which is just what the Broncos did as they evened their record at 3-3-2.
I think hopefully we’re kind of turning the corner,” Kelley said.