Despite all the near misses and close calls, Jaycie Johnson still believed her Lee’s Summit West team would come out on top in its Missouri Class 3 girls soccer sectional game against Blue Springs. The Titans just had to be patient.
By DAVE MCQUEEN
Special to The Star
Being patient meant coming back from a goal down in the first half, surviving a Wildcat rally and going into overtime, when Johnson’s second goal of the game gave the Titans a 3-2 victory Tuesday night at Lee’s Summit West.
Johnson, the Titans’ Nebraska-bound senior forward, couldn’t convert on several opportunities in the first half, including a shot that caromed off the left post. But she was able to put in a breakaway early in the second half that gave Lee’s Summit West a 2-1 lead, and later scored the game-winner on a blast from the top of the 18-yard box just over 2 minutes into the first extra period.
“After hitting the post three times and going wide twice, I was just wondering if I was ever going to get it into the back of the net,” said Johnson, who has 66 goals for the season. “When I finally got the first one, I just knew we were going to win it. We knew we could keep scoring if we needed to.”
The Titans had to keep scoring because Blue Springs, 9-7, got on the board first and fought tenaciously. Although Lee’s Summit West controlled the ball for most of the first half, it was Blue Springs that led 1-0 at halftime after freshman Morgan Hensley scored from the middle of the box with 1:38 left in the half.
After Johnson put the Titans ahead, Blue Springs’ Shilah Rainey tied it back up again with a shot that sailed over the outstretched arms of Titans goalie Savannah McCoun with eight minutes to play.
“We stayed patient,” Lee’s Summit West coach Todd Krey said. “We thought they’d play defensively against us, and we told the girls they couldn’t get impatient or frustrated.”
Lee’s Summit West, 21-2-1, moves on to play St. Teresa’s at noon Saturday at Lee’s Summit West.