It only took the Blue Springs boys soccer team only 30 seconds to nab a lead Tuesday.
After that the defense took over to lift the Wildcats into the Liberty Tournament championship with a 1-0 win over the host Liberty Blue Jays.
Just a half minute into the game, senior forward Kai Miller took a pass from senior midfielder Tarrek Alkahteeb and beat the Liberty goalkeeper to put the Wildcats on top. After that, it was 79.5 minutes of defense.
“It was a good win,” Blue Springs coach Michael Palermo said. “To score in the first 30 seconds was great. Hats off to our goalkeeper, sophomore Kyle Handy, and to the defense. We don’t play the prettiest game, but we seem to get the job done. I’m excited for the guys, and very proud of the boys tonight.”
Blue Springs had eight shots on goal compared to Liberty's 15.
The Wildcats play Lee's Summit North Broncos in the championship at 7 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Middle School. The Broncos beat the Park Hill High School Trojans on penalty kicks in the earlier game after a 1-1 tie in regulation play.
GRAIN VALLEY 3, VAN HORN 2: Grain Valley has advanced to the finals of the Raytown South Tournament.
Noah Espinosa’s goal with two minutes remaining lifted the Eagles to a 3-2 victory over Van Horn Tuesday. He also scored the first Eagle goal. Alex Thiessen’s goal tied the score 2-2.
Eddie Ibarra and Angel Delgado scored the Van Horn goals.
Grain Valley plays for first place Thursday and Van Horn for third place.
KC EAST 2, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 1: Host Kansas City East stunned William Chrisman in the season opener.
Emmanuel Cisneros scored Chrisman’s only goal.
GRAIN VALLEY 26-25, ST. JOSEPH BENTON 24-13: The Eagles survived the opening set and cruised in the second to open the season with a victory.
Tori Squiers slapped seven kills and Ashlyn Slater added six for Grain Valley, Bailey Bunny dished out 18 assists and Megan Todd tallied 15 digs.
“For a young team, it’s a great start for us, to be competitive and be able to finish strong,” Grain Valley coach Keri Peterson said.
VAN HORN 25-25, KC EAST 17-18: Van Horn opened the season with a victory at East.
“Hannah Bishop had a good match with 12 kills and Morgan Wasleski had 10 aces,” Van Horn coach Lindsey Hartzler said.
Van Horn was a 25-14, 25-12 junior varsity winner.
Ashley Harvey claimed medalist honors with a 57 to lead Raytown to a 252-260 season-opening girls golf victory over William Chrisman at Drumm Farm Golf Club.
Kailee Manley shot 63, Bridit Leutzinger 65, Kaitlyn Frisey 65 and Jenna Gruner 67 for the Bears.
“It was good start when you consider the heat,” Chrisman coach Jacob Basnight said.