Lee’s Summit West had to endure another cold-weather game April 9. And once again the Titans warmed up to the task.
Despite the unseasonal chill that has settled in since the start of the girls soccer season, West has remained a hot team. It took the Titans a little while to get going against Lee’s Summit, but a goal just before halftime put them well on their way to a 3-1 Suburban Gold Conference victory at Lee’s Summit’s Bud Hertzog Stadium.
“We haven’t had warm game,” West coach Shaun Owens said after another night of 40-degree temperatures and 30-degree wind chills. “It was just another one of those games where we just were patient and patient and patient.”
West (7-0, 5-0 Suburban Gold) was on its heels early thanks to a stout Lee’s Summit defense. And when Lee’s Summit’s Kayleigh Bellamy knocked in a shot off an Izzy Shackelford free kick in the 29th minute, the Titans found themselves in a 1-0 hole. That goal was only the second one this season surrendered by West goalkeeper Tori Hunter.
But with just over 26 seconds left in the half, West got the equalizer from Grace Heenan, who took a ball from Kassidy Newsom in the middle of the 18-yard box and poked a shot inside the far post.
“It’s like a light went on they decided to play,” Owens said. “They started really late today; they gave up an early goal but as usual they fought back and found way to win.”
Lee’s Summit (1-3, 0-3) was outshot 13-6 and rarely crossed midfield in the second half. Freshman Madison Staples scored the Titans’ go-ahead goal on a high shot from just outside the box in the 62nd minute off Newsom’s second assist of the game.
Carsyn Overin scored the Titans’ final goal, knocking in a penalty kick after a West player was pulled down in the box in the 69th minute.
“The second half we changed a few things up as far as what we wanted to do and they seemed to work,” Owens said. “Seemed like we spent a lot of time on their half.”
Lee’s Summit struggled to find any scoring opportunities in the second half, and that’s been a problem in the early season. The Tigers have scored only five goals in their first four matches.
“We’ve just to start scoring goals, having fun,” Lee’s Summit coach Dave Wiebenga said. “Like I tell the kids, nobody ever frowns scoring goals. So we’ve got to start scoring goals so everybody’s smiling again.”
Owens could smile about the weather forecast for West’s next match. The Titans will play host to Lee’s Summit North April 12 on what’s expected to be a windy 70-degree day.
“I’m curious to see how we play when it’s hot outside,” Owens said.