Lee’s Summit North boys soccer coach Ryan Kelley said he felt like his team looked out of rhythm and unfocused following a 12-day layoff.
The Broncos still managed to edge Suburban Big Seven rival Blue Springs South in a 2-1 victory Monday at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.
“In the first half we really struggled to connect passes with our team and found ourselves defending for most of the half,” North coach Ryan Kelley said. “Colin Dooley had multiple excellent saves that kept the Jaguars from scoring in the first half.”
Brennon Larson got the scoring started for the Broncos (11-5, 6-2 Big Seven) when he had a shot deflect off a South defender and was able to put in a rebound for a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Parker Allen got the ball in the left flank and was dribbling toward the box when he slotted the ball to Christian Mesias, who took a touch to set the ball up and placed his shot perfectly inside the near post for a 2-0 edge.
With 12 minutes left, the Jaguars (5-11, 2-5) had a corner kick. North failed to clear the ball and Zion Trober capitalized by heading the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1.
Dooley was able to make some key saves down the stretch to preserve the North win.
“It was a struggle through most of the match but we were able to make the plays to win,” Kelley said.
North’s junior varsity also won 2-0.