Lee’s Summit girls soccer coach Dave Wiebenga had one important message for his team after its season came to an end May 31 - don’t let that last game define the season.
“I don’t want what happened Saturday to overshadow everything the program accomplished this year,” Wiebenga said.
Lee’s Summit’s season ended with a 5-0 loss at St. Teresa’s Academy in a Class 3 quarterfinal game. The nationally ranked Stars will take a 21-0 record into the Class 3 Final Four at Blue Springs, while the Tigers close 15-5-1.
“You don’t want your season to end that way,” Wiebenga said. “You want to go as far as you can go. We just ran into a great St. Teresa’s team.”
St. Teresa’s took control early with goals from Kate Scofield in the first five minutes and Tess Rellihan about 10 minutes later.
The Tigers had their chances, Wiebenga said, and could have made a game of it had they converted one of two scoring opportunities about 25 minutes into the half.
“We just flashed one by the back post and had another we thought was in,” Wiebenga said. “If we could have gotten either one of those we could have gotten it to 2-1 and it might have changed some things.”
As it was, St. Teresa’s scored two more goals before halftime for a 4-0 lead. The Stars added another goal in the second half, but Wiebenga said the Tigers continued to battle during the last 40 minutes.
“We started to figure out how to create some things in the second half,” Wiebenga said. “We were moving the ball well and I thought we showed we could play with them.”
Even with the lop-sided loss, Lee’s Summit moved a step closer to St. Teresa’s level this season. The Tigers, 7-10-1 in 2013, won their first district title since 2009 and made their first quarterfinal appearance since 2001.
Wiebenga believes they can build on that next season.
“For our returning players, this should drive their training and focus going into next season,” Wiebenga said. “They know what it feels like to have been there.”