Lee’s Summit West doesn’t play with a hair-on-fire sense of urgency. The Titans like to take their time and find their moments, which have worked well for them this girls soccer season.
Sometimes that approach can seem a little risky, as it did when West beat Lee’s Summit 3-1 in the Class 4 District 12 girls soccer tournament final May 14 at Raymore-Peculiar. The Titans never trailed, but it took them a while to overcome a spirited effort from the Tigers.
“That’s just the way we’ve been playing all year,” West coach Shaun Owens said. “There’s just no urgency. And sometimes that can be dangerous.”
There was no danger early for West, not after it took a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game on a goal from freshman Madison Staples. Kara Privitera took the first shot, which the Tigers goalkeeper saved before Staples knocked it in.
Staples scored just before lightning in the area forced a one-hour delay, and the score remained 1-0 at the half.
West upped its lead to 2-0 eight minutes into the second half when Taylor Reid headed in a corner kick from Carsyn Overin, but Lee’s Summit struck back two minutes later with a 25-yard left-footed blast from senior Kayla Deaver.
“It was a really good shot,” Lee’s Summit coach Dave Wiebenga said. “It was the response we needed because we gave up a goal that we know better than (giving up).”
Lee’s Summit (6-10-1) started pressing harder for the equalizer after that goal and seemed at times to have West back on its heels. In their previous two meetings this season, West went out early and enjoyed comfortable leads. Wiebenga didn’t want the Titans to be so comfortable this time.
“We knew we had to give ourselves a chance,” Wiebenga said. “And I felt we really gave ourselves a chance there for about 20 minutes or so to get the equalizer.”
That chance essentially ended with 13 minutes to play when West got the ball to senior forward Kassidy Newsom behind the Tigers’ pressure. Newsom darted traffic as she dribbled into the 18-yard box and rolled a shot that tucked inside the far post.
West (19-1), which beat Ruskin 11-0 May 12 in the semifinals to reach the title game, will now have some time off before sectional play. The Titans will play host to the District 11 champion May 22 as they continue their quest to return to the Class 4 state tournament.
“We’ll have a little time off, which will be nice so we can prepare for next week and kind of nurse our wounds,” Owens said.