Even after accepting the trophy and posing for the team picture, Lee’s Summit North’s Madison Chapman still had a did-that-just-happen look about her.
Did North just win the Class 3 District 14 soccer championship? Did Chapman knock in the golden goal?
Yes, and yes.
Chapman scored just over three minutes into overtime, and North did have the title after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Blue Springs May 22 at Truman. That victory set up North for a Class 3 sectional showdown with Lee’s Summit May 27.
Chapman needed a little help recalling her game-winner, which was understandable considering the circumstances. Hannah Bomar had the ball at the top of the 18-yard box, and she played it wide to Chapman. Chapman took a shot that deflected off a Blue Springs player, and she was able to get it back for another try from the deep left corner of the box.
Chapman fell backward as she hit the ball, and then …
“It was one of those shots where you knew it was going to be a good shot,” Chapman said, “but I didn’t know if I was the one who hit it, or if it was a cross and someone headed it in.
“But then everyone started tackling me. So I was pretty sure we won the game.”
So was North coach Ryan Kelley when he saw Chapman shoot.
“As soon as she hit it I had a pretty good feeling it was going in,” Kelley said. “She did a great job of just tucking and bending it to the far post and getting it over their goalie’s head.”
Chapman’s goal brought a dramatic finish to an intense and physical contest, one made even more so by the posteseason setting and officials who let both teams play. With fewer whistles, there was more pushing and shoving.
“The ref wasn’t calling much at all,” Chapman said. “I was actually worried some girls were going to get hurt.”
Kelley was more worried about the Broncos’ intensity in the first half, which he said didn’t match Blue Springs’. That became more of a concern with 15 minutes to go in the half, when Blue Springs Gabrielle Stevens punched a shot through a scrum in front of the goal and put the Wildcats up 1-0.
“The first half I thought we were really tight,” Kelley said. “I don’t know if it was nerves or whatever in the first half; we weren’t really on.
“The second half we did a much better job. They could sense that this is it, we’ve got to get it going.”
Instead of bringing them down, Chapman said that early score gave the Broncos a spark.
“I yelled at the team after that, ‘It does not stop here’, she said. “It’s a really intense moment. You just have to get composed and start fighting back.”
North fought back, but missed several scoring opportunities early in the second half. Then with about 21 minutes left, Bomar took a pass from Keelie Fothergill, who was tripped as she was dribbling the ball, and punched one in near the left post to tie the game.
Soon, Chapman would become the surprised hero.
“At the end of the game, no one’s going to remember how many passes you have or who scored the last goal,” she said. “All they’ll remember is that last score and who’s making it on to the next game.”