The Grain Valley girls soccer team jumped out to an early lead with a goal in the eighth minute, but Kearney came storming back to take a 4-2 victory in a non-conference matchup Monday.
Marissa Schmitt gave the sixth-ranked Eagles an early 1-0 lead off an assist from forward Rylan Childers.
Kearney then scored in the 14th minute as both teams went into halftime tied at 1. The Bulldogs scored in the 48th minute to take a one goal lead before Kailey Larson scored off an assist from Kailey Boyer to tie it.
Kearney, ranked ninth in Class 3, got goals in the 62nd and 70th minutes to win it.
“Kearney is a very tough and dangerous team,” said Grain Valley coach Tyler Nichol, whose team fell to 18-3-1 overall. “We made some mental mistakes tonight, but they fully outplayed us and definitely deserved to beat us. The scoreline probably could have been even worse. The silver lining is that we hope to get another chance in a couple weeks and we have plenty to work on in practice.”
LONE JACK 7, VAN HORN 0: The Falcons couldn’t make up a 4-0 halftime deficit and fell to 9-12 overall after a loss to the Mules Tuesday.
LIBERTY 3, TRUMAN 0: The Patriots fell to 6-8 overall and 3-5 in their conference following a loss to Suburban Big Six foe Liberty Tuesday.
Liberty grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead and added an insurance goal in the second half.
“We played defense most of the night but contained them pretty well,” Truman coach Manny Tovar said.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 4, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 2: A slow and sluggish start from the Broncos doomed them as they fell behind 4-0 in the first half and were never able to recover in a loss to undefeated and No. 1-ranked Suburban Big Seven rival Lee’s Summit West Tuesday.
The Broncos (7-12, 5-6 Big Seven) rebounded in the second half with goals from Joanie Westcoat and Kaylie Rock, but it wasn’t enough.
“At halftime we regrouped and found the necessary intensity,” North coach Ryan Kelley said. “We had much better play and energy in the second half that allowed us to compete against Lee’s Summit West. It was a tale of two halves where we showed the two extremes of our ability to play.”