The rock solid defense of the William Chrisman boys soccer team was a big reason for the Bears’ Winnetonka Tournament Championship Thursday night.
For the third straight game, Chrisman held its opponent scoreless and took a 1-0 victory against Grandview in the championship game. Bears goalkeeper Javier Merino had two saves in the win.
Marco Sagastume scored the lone goal in the 18th minute to help his team improve to 3-0.
FORT OSAGE 3, SAVANNAH 1: After dropping the first game of the season, the Indians rebounded to take the next two, including a victory against the Savages in the fifth-place game of the Winnetonka Tournament.
Savannah had an own goal in the 13th minute, Jake Lammering had a goal in the 18th minute and Justin Epperson scored in the 59th minute to help Fort improve to 2-1 on the season.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 3, LIBERTY 0: The Broncos are off to a great start in 2018 as they won the Liberty Tournament following a victory over the host Blue Jays, thanks to solid defense and balanced scoring.
After Liberty committed a foul just outside the penalty box, Ryan Templeton had his shot blocked by a wall of Liberty players but he followed the rebound and put in a shot under the crossbar for a 1-0 lead.
About 5 minutes into the game, Kyle Rock slotted a pass behind the Blue Jay back line for Parker Allen. As the goalkeeper came out to challenge, Parker was able to tuck his shot into the net for a 2-0 edge.
AB Falah finished the scoring off by running on to a ball that was headed through by Rock and he calmly placed the ball into the net.
“Through the first half we did a good job of containing Liberty’s attack and finding gaps in their midfield to possess the ball,” North coach Ryan Kelley said. “The team showed well defensively through the tournament as a whole. Our forwards and midfielders had good pressure that created several counter attacks while our back line was good at breaking up attacks and clearing our crosses. In goal John Foster did a great job of making the saves necessary when the time came. It was a good start to the season.”