At times, Lee’s Summit North’s 7-0 victory May 20 at Truman seemed more like target practice than a soccer match.
The Broncos expected Truman to pack its defense around the 18-yard box in the Class 3 District 14 semifinal game at Truman. So North coach Ryan Kelley told his team to look for quick, long-range goals rather than working the ball into the box.
Which the Broncos did to perfection.
“We wanted to attack from the flanks and shoot from a little farther out to draw them out,” Kelley said. “The girls did a really good job of executing it.”
That strategy helped North take a 6-0 lead before halftime. Hannah Bomar scored four of those goals, her first two coming on first touches outside of the box. It was Bomar’s first four-goal game of the season.
“We had take advantage of shooting out wide instead of trying to dribble through everybody,” said Bomar, who leads the Broncos with 22 goals. “So we took quicker shots and it helped us today.”
Kelley said Bomar’s goals helped open up opportunities for others to score, and the Broncos took advantage.
Madison Chapman opened the scoring, and Keelie Fothergill also knocked in a goal in the first half for North. Alexis Mitchell finished the scoring with a goal in the second half.
All told, the Broncos took 39 shots, 19 on goal. Truman, meanwhile, never got a shot on goal and rarely mounted an attack agaisnt the Broncos defense. Broncos goalie Bailey Doerflinger notched her 12th shutout of the season.
“They were dialed in and ready and focused, especially in the first half,” Kelley said. “They played really well.”
North played Blue Springs, which beat Fort Osage 6-0 in the other semifinal, on May 22 for the district championship. The winner of that game will take on Lee’s Summit in a sectional match May 27.