St. Teresa’s Academy advances to Class 3 soccer tourney

05/31/2014 4:36 PM

06/03/2014 2:23 PM

St. Teresa’s Academy left some unfinished business at last year’s Class 3 girls state soccer tournament.

The Stars now have a chance to rectify that situation after a 5-0 victory at home over Lee’s Summit in the state quarterfinals on Saturday.

St. Teresa’s, 21-0, will face first-time state semifinalist Jefferson City on Friday at 4 p.m. at Blue Springs South High School.

Four different Stars scored Saturday, and the team needed just five minutes to get its first goal, courtesy of Kate Scofield. Freshman Tess Rellihan scored less than 10 minutes later. Alyssa Seitzer and Elizabeth Luallin scored in the minutes before halftime to put the game out of reach.

Rellihan added another goal in the final minute.

“It was good for us to win this and move on so we can aim for higher things. There’s no bad players on the team. Everyone’s good and everyone contributes. That’s something that helps us and it’ll probably help us onward toward state,” Scofield said.

St. Teresa’s, ranked among the best teams in the country this season by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, isn’t immune to the jitters. But those went away when the Stars dented the scoreboard.

“That early goal helped us kind of gain control of the game. It settled our nerves down and we were able to play a really good first half. In the second half they came out a lot stronger, put us under more pressure. We weren’t able to play the way we like to play, but in the end it worked out,” St. Teresa’s coach Jeremy McElduff said.

Lee’s Summit, 15-5-1, saw its best season in a generation draw to a close. The Tigers had their chances, despite the lopsided result.

“We knew we were going to get three or four good opportunities at goal, and to be honest we got our three or four opportunities,” Lee’s Summit coach David Wiebenga said. “I felt 60 minutes of that match, we were with them. Kudos to them. It’s a heck of a program. But that’s what you want this time of year. You want to play the best. … This is our first time in 13 years we’ve been to the state quarterfinals, and they showed themselves very, very proud. I’m just so happy for them.”

The Stars, meanwhile, have two more games on the schedule. If they go like the first 21 games have gone, St. Teresa’s will be bringing home its first state title since 2006.

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