After sterling first halves, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit North were able to play with an eye toward each other during Tuesday’s Class 3 District 14 semifinals at Truman High School.
North rang up a 6-0 halftime lead behind four goals from Hannah Bomar on its way to a 7-0 win over the host Truman Patriots, and Blue Springs nearly matched that in the nightcap, booting five goals in a 12-minute span of the first half during a 6-0 thumping of Fort Osage.
Morgan Hensley paced the Wildcats against Fort Osage with her third hat trick of the season, and amidst that she assisted on Marissa Moore’s goal.
North (16-5-2) and Blue Springs (11-6) play Thursday at 6 p.m. at Truman for the district championship. The Suburban Big Six rivals won on each other’s turf during the regular season, the Broncos rolling 5-0 and the Wildcats earning a 1-0 victory for North’s lone conference defeat.
“Fort Osage is a very young team, and they stayed with us as long as they could,” Blue Springs coach Doug McLagan said. “Best of all, we had no injuries. We got to rest some people, as did Lee’s Summit North, and it’s going to be our best against their best.”
McLagan’s team spent the early part of the first half creating plenty of chances but sent shots wide of the post, high or into goalkeeper Lydia Calderon’s hands. But in the 21st Hensley took a grounded pass from Gabi Severns on the left, turned on her defender and fired a shot past Calderon.
Just 1:11 later the process repeated from the opposite side, this time Moore scoring after Hensley’s pass.
“We started out a little slow – we just couldn’t put the ball in the net – but after the goals started coming we kind of flowed a little,” Hensley said. “After we got the first two, it was easier to play because we were a little more confident.”
In the 30th minute Hensley dribbled across from the right wing and left-footed a 20-yarder into the net. The sophomore forward made it 4-0 just 24 seconds later, sending in another 20-foot rocket after Blue Springs quickly regained possession.
That spelled the end of the night for Hensley. Severns, who dribbled up the middle for 30 yards and knocked in a 15-yarder to make it 5-0 in the 33rd, and forward Shilah Rainey joined her on the sidelines for the second half.
“Our touch was a little off – our first touch wasn’t quite there – but we controlled the ball and created chances,” McLagan said. “Once we got the second goal or so, the girls took over.”
Blue Springs had 18 shots (10 on goal) in the first half and 12 in the second. Fort Osage managed just two shots, neither on goal, as Wildcat goalkeepers Lindsey Davis and Mihaela Evans (54th minute) had to make just a few collections. Hannah Goddard lined up and rainbowed a 28-yarder for the game’s final goal in the 55th.
Calderon made eight saves before giving way to Meghan Jackson (2 saves) in the 51st minute for the Indians (11-10-2), who were minus a handful of players due to an accumulation of injuries.
“They’re a good side,” Fort Osage coach Andrew Fletcher said of the Wildcats. “They’ve got some good players, and we’re missing a few. We knew we probably wouldn’t have a lot of possession.
“You’ve got to give credit to Blue Springs. They played very, very well – probably the best team we’ve played this year – and credit to our girls for sticking with it.”
In the first semifinal, Bomar scored two of her goals unassisted, and Keelie Fothergill got the assist on two. Madison Chapman, Fothergill and Alexis Mitchell also scored unassisted for Lee’s Summit North, Mitchell’s goal coming in the second half.
“We wanted to definitely be looking for our next match and make sure we were playing sharp,” North coach Ryan Kelley said. “The girls played sharp, got that early lead and put the game away.”
Bailey Doerflinger did not face a shot as she recorded the shutout in goal. Her counterpart Maya Coen, one of Truman’s two seniors along with Lauren Franklin, made 17 saves, as the Broncos unleashed 40 total shots.
“We don’t want to end the last game this way, but I felt once we had a little bit of adversity, we stopped playing,” Truman coach Jared Byrne said. “That’s not like these girls, and they realized that and stepped up in the second half.”