As good as Lee’s Summit North’s defense has been of late, a one-goal lead might as well be a 10-goal lead.
It sure seemed that way April 15 when the Broncos took on Liberty at the Bronco Activities Complex. Hannah Bomar provided the go-ahead goal early in the first half, and the defense made it stick as the Broncos went on to a 2-0 victory.
Bomar’s goal was probably all the Broncos needed. Liberty was unable to generate much of an attack against the Broncos, who notched their fourth straight shutout. That streak ended the next night with a 3-0 loss at nationally ranked St. Teresa’s Academy.
Bailey Doerflinger, who was in goal for all four of the blankings, didn’t have to work too hard against Liberty thanks to the Broncos’ solid back line.
“Our girls in the back have really been working together the past two weeks,” North coach Ryan Kelley said. “We’ve solved some of the issues we had early on in the season. And having a goalie like Bailey back there really gives you a lot of confidence even when a misplay happens, a shot occurs not too worried that it might go in.”
Bomar’s goal came with 16 minutes, 7 seconds left in the first half when she took a pass from Keelie Fothergill, dribbled past the defense and pushed it past the Libertygoalkeeper.
“I heard Keelie screaming, ‘Go to the goal,’ so I went to the goal,” Bomar said.
That wasn’t Bomar’s only good look at the goal. She almost cashed in on several more opportunities, including a point-blank blast in front of the goal early in the second half that just missed.
No problem. North’s defense kept up the pressure, and Fothergill put it away with 9:53 left when Laken Tedrow set her up with a pass to the right side of the box and Fothergill knocked it into an open net.
Kelley said the second goal demonstrated the progress the Broncos have made since the start of the season creating scoring opportunities. They observed Libertymoving its defense up, and they made the adjustments to take advantage of it.
“They were able to put a nice ball in for Keelie,” Kelley said. “The girls made adjustments in their game and they did the right things to get that goal.”
North didn’t get as many opportunities against St. Teresa’s, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. The Broncos had a chance to tie the game in the first half, but a shot from Fothergill went wide. St. Teresa’s put the game away with two goals in final 20 minutes.
The Broncos return to action tonight with a Suburban Conference match against Blue Springs South.