Just because Lee’s Summit was taking a break from Suburban Conference soccer play didn’t mean the Tigers were going to take it easy April 11. Coach Dave Wiebenga made sure of that.
When the Tigers played host to Pleasant Hill at Hertzog Stadium, he wanted to see his players work on their offense. As it turned out, the Tigers got plenty of chances to do that, even if they didn’t play a full 80 minutes.
Lee’s Summit routed Pleasant Hill 10-0 in a game that ended midway through the first half. That still proved to be enough time for the Tigers to concentrate on their offense, since the ball rarely traveled to their defensive side of the field.
“Our game plan tonight was to create good opportunities, not to just dump it over the top and use our athleticism,” Wiebenga said. “Our goal was to create goals, not force goals upon the game.
“We’re still working on our passing and our timing, so that was one of our big objectives tonight.”
Wiebenga thought the Tigers mainly met those objectives, although when the game got out of hand, they didn’t have to do too much creating to get their goals. Many of them came on breakaways and point-blank shots.
We knew it wasn’t going to be the toughest competition,” Lee’s Summit midfielder Kennedy Strain said. “We just wanted to go out there and play our game and work hard. I think at times we could have created better opportunities, but I think for the most part we did.”
By the first half Lee’s Summit was a already up 7-0 and had outshot the Chicks 18-0.
“I think we still could have done a little bit better creating,” Wiebenga said. “But offense is usually one of the last things to come. Players have to get comfortable with each other, get used to each other’s movements. But it’ll come.”
Lee’s Summit looked plenty comfy against Pleasant Hill, 5-3. Alyssa Gann started the scoring with a goal off a corner kick 3 minutes into the game, first of her two scores.
Payton Seymour, Lee’s Summit’s leading scorer, blasted two first-half goals and completed her hat trick with another in the second half. Courtney Killian and Strain also had two goals apiece.
And Jacque Sampson’s first goal of the season, with 23:32 left to play, ended the game on the 10-goal rule.
“Some girls really stepped up tonight, got themselves going,” Wiebenga said. “It’s good to see Kennedy get her goals tonight and Jacque, especially Jacque. She’s been down on her scoring. But I figured if she’d get a goal tonight that would get her going.”
Wiebenga’s biggest concern after the game was the condition of midfielder Aubrie Hirsch, who suffered a knee injury during the first half. Hirsch, a senior starter, tumbled awkwardly out of bounds while going after a loose ball, and had to be taken off the field in a cart.
“We were worried at first, but we wanted to keep playing strong for her, and keep up the intensity and everything,” Strain said.
The win improved Lee’s Summit’s record to 4-2-2 before they resumed conference play Tuesday night by hosting Raymore-Peculiar.