Lee’s Summit West High School boys soccer coach Chris Brizendine says he hopes to see some sort of improvement from his team every match.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
In that case, he has to like what he saw in Chase Fearon on Monday night.
A senior forward, Fearon scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the Titans to a 2-1 victory at home against Park Hill.
Ranked third in Missouri Class 3, Lee’s Summit West erased a 1-0 deficit to remain undefeated at 7-0.
“I thought we rebounded pretty well from the early goal,” Brizendine said. “It was one of those games where we had a lot chances. You can fall into a trap thinking you’re not playing a strong game, but overall, I thought we played well.”
As did Park Hill, especially keeper Alex Noll, who made seven saves. A handful of them came from point-blank range, one seemingly following another in the second half.
“He was amazing,” Brizendine said. “He kept them in it. He was tough back there. Fantastic keeper.”
Park Hill, ranked 10th in Class 3, took a lead in the 33rd minute on a goal from Blake Barnard.
Fearon responded with his first goal six minutes later, cleaning up a rebound off the post. He buried the game-winner past a diving Noll in the first overtime. It served as the golden goal.
“We’re playing very well as a whole,” Brizendine said. “There is good chemistry between the guys. These guys have been around awhile. The seniors have been through a lot. I think it helps they’re seeing a lot of good teams at the beginning of the year.”
Soccer: Poll released
With their overtime thriller Monday, Lee’s Summit West and Park Hill provided a peek into what some of the area’s best soccer teams have to offer this season. They are two of a handful of teams that the state’s coaches predict will make some noise.
Rockhurst is ranked seventh in the initial Class 3 poll released by the Missouri Soccer High School Coaches Association, and Lee’s Summit High is ninth. Park Hill South also received votes.
Last season, Rockhurst emerged from the Kansas City bracket and placed fourth in the state.
In Class 2, Smithville is No. 7 a year after reaching the state semifinals. Liberty North is No. 9, and Kearney is 10th.
Football: Matchup of season?
It would be easy to call this Friday night’s highly-anticipated football game between Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit West the best of the season.
Not just easy. Accurate, too. At least on paper.
Blue Springs is ranked No. 1 in Missouri Class 6. Lee’s Summit West is No. 1 in Class 5. Add to that, the same two schools played to overtime last September, eventually won by Lee’s Summit West, although it was Blue Springs that was crowned a state champion two months later.
Lee’s Summit West plans to add extra bleachers at its football stadium in anticipation of a large crowd.
That crowd will welcome Blue Springs quarterback Ian Brown, who has thrown nine touchdown passes in the last two games. Wildcats tailback Dalvin Warmack, the reigning Thomas A. Simone Award winner, hasn’t found last season’s groove yet, but he has consistently faced eight- or nine-man defensive fronts. Brown’s recent success with receivers Darrius Shepherd and Kaleb Prewett might help change the way opponents defend the Wildcats.
Lee’s Summit West has dominated three straight opponents — offensively and defensively — in forging its 3-0 record. Quarterback Thomas Ganaden looks as comfortable as ever leading the offense. And with wideout Monte Harrison to throw the ball to, why wouldn’t he be?
Football: Fort Osage rolls
As was the case last football season, it would be easy to write about the Fort Osage defense almost every week. It’s stacks up well when compared to any other unit in the Kansas City area.
Even so, running back Ezra Vaoifi stole that spotlight with 551 yards in the Indians’ first two games.
And now? Well, it appears first-year quarterback Skylar Thompson has decided to take his turn in the spotlight. Against a Liberty North team intent on shutting down the run last Friday, Thompson threw four touchdown passes in a 42-7 win, including two to his emerging favorite target, Donte Dodson.
“Those two have been playing together since they were this tall,” said Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz, holding his hand waist-high. “He likes to throw the ball to Donte. That’s a guy he already has that trust with.”