After conducting a little soul-searching, Lee’s Summit North’s girls soccer team got back to winning on May 1.
Stung by a half-hearted loss to Blue Springs earlier in the week, the Broncos took the pain from that game and used it to drive them on to a 3-0 victory over Lee’s Summit at Hertzog Stadium.
After that 1-0 setback against Blue Springs, North coach Ryan Kelley and his Broncos looked back at their season and thought about the things that had gotten them that far, such as teamwork and hard play.
Before the game, the Broncos had a players only meeting to reinforce the same thing. The results of all this introspection showed on the field, where the Broncos played with much more spirit and urgency than they did the game before.
“You don’t like to lose, but that loss served a purpose for us,” Kelley said. “It kind of reminded the girls of what we need to do as a team to be successful.
“We talked a little bit after the game on Tuesday, we talked a little bit after practice yesterday, and the girls came out here with just a little bit more energy. They wanted this game, and they wanted to do whatever they could.”
Fired up as North was, it was Lee’s Summit that dominated play early on. The Tigers kept the ball on their side of the field most of the first half and created numerous chances. But the Tigers wound up missing shots wide or having them smothered by Broncos goalie Bailey Doerflinger, who had to work hard from start to finish to earn her sixth shutout. They have some very, very talented people on their team,” Doerflinger said. “They are always a challenge for me and I enjoy the challenge.”
North got its first goal from Alexis Mitchell, who popped in a header just in front of the goal with 19 minutes to play in the first half.
Hannah Bomar scored the Broncos’ next two goals, and they both came in similar fashion. In both scores she got well-placed through balls from fellow forward Keelie Fothergill, and both times she was able to get plenty of space down the middle and bang the ball into the net.
Bomar’s first goal made it 2-0 with 11 minutes left before halftime; her second one put the nail in the Tigers’ coffin with 16:41 left in the game.
“They started stepping up their backs and trying to catch us offsides,” Kelley said. “Their two center backs were off a little bit, and Hannah was able to get in between the two. She did a good job of finishing those opportunities tonight.”
Lee’s Summit coach David Wiebenga said finishing opportunities was about the only thing his team couldn’t do against the Broncos.
“Just the way the game goes,” Wiebenga said. “It’s unfortunate. We’ve got to execute better on the final third of the field. I’m not putting blame at all on our attack. We did our job. A ball here, a ball there, a big toe there ... and maybe it’s different.”
Things are different now for North, which seems to be back on track after last week’s stumble. The Broncos, 11-5-2, reinforced that with a 2-1 victory at Park Hill South the next night and a 10-0 rout of Raytown on May 5. We really had to think about what got us here, and I think that was really a wakeup call for us to get back to the way we normally play,” Doerflinger said. “And it was nice.”