Sometimes a team just needs a good wake-up call. A comeuppance, if you will.
The Lee’s Summit North soccer team got theirs April 29.
The Broncos had been feeling pretty good about themselves after winning their last three games and first five in conference play. But after losing to Blue Springs 1-0 in a lackluster effort on damp and chilly night at the Bronco Athletic Complex, they realized they might have been a little too full of their success.
“After the Pink Out game I think we were all just like, we’re good,” North senior Hannah Bomar said. “It got to our heads.”
Broncos coach Ryan Kelley had noticed the complacency setting in. They hadn’t lost since falling to nationally ranked St. Teresa’s Academy on April 16, and they enjoyed a stellar effort in knocking off Lee’s Summit West in the annual Pink Out game. The Broncos were rolling, but Kelley sensed they were also resting on their laurels.
“Our attitude in training the last week hasn’t been what we needed it to be,” Kelley said. “Going into this game we tried to give them a heads up and warn them hey, you need to be playing a little bit better.”
It didn’t help Kelley that Blue Springs, which came into the game with an 8-3 record, got routed 5-0 when teams first met on April 7.
“We underestimated them,” Bomar said.
Blue Springs controlled the action most of the first half as the Broncos managed few serious scoring attempts.
North was still able to keep the Wildcats out of the net until Morgan Hensley got the ball in the 18-yard box and shot it into the upper left corner of the goal with less than three minutes to play in the half.
“The first half Blue Springs did a good job of coming out,” Kelley said. “They were on and ready to play. I think they wanted to get back at us a little bit.”
North created more offensive pressure in the second half, but with the Wildcats packed in on defense, the Broncos found it hard to convert. Bomar had their best chance with 20 minutes left when she got one-on-one with Wildcats goalie Lindsey Davis, who smothered her point-blank shot.
“We had a lack of composure around the box,” Kelley said. “We took some rushed shots, some hurried shots; we just kind of hit them at the goal instead of trying to place them in the right spots.”
So now North, 8-5-2 finds itself in a more difficult spot in conference play. Kelley just wants the Broncos’ attitude adjusted a little bit after this loss.
“Hopefully, it is a wake-up call,” he said.