Lee’s Summit North girls soccer coach Tim Richardson hopes his team doesn’t need as much offense against Liberty as it had Tuesday night.

Lee’s Summit North girls soccer coach Tim Richardson hopes his team doesn’t need as much offense against Liberty as it had Tuesday night.
The Broncos, behind two goals each from freshman Allie Stephenson and senior Morgan Marlborough, routed rival Lee’s Summit 6-0 in Class 3 state sectional action Tuesday at Staley High School to earn a berth in Saturday’s 2 p.m. state quarterfinal against Liberty at Staley.
North didn’t take long to get going Tuesday when Stephenson scored on a Kourtney Corder assist in the first minute for the only goal it would need.
“To get up early gives you breathing room,” Richardson said. “Our midfielders did a good job tonight. Allie, Ashley Licata and Grace Cross did a great job controlling the midfield for us.
“Our defense seemed a little nervous in the beginning, so that it was good to see our midfield under control. And when we had the chances, we took advantage and converted on most of them.”
Marlborough scored on a Stephenson assist in the 23rd minute and then assisted on a goal by Cross in the final minute of the first half for a 3-0 lead at the intermission.
Marlborough and Stephenson scored on Cross assists two minutes apart starting in the 57th minute and Corder finished the scoring for North on a Marlborough assist in the 62nd minute.
Lee’s Summit finished 16-6 with loss, while North improved to 23-2 heading into Saturday’s showdown with Suburban Big Seven rival Liberty.
“They’re very explosive and have quality players throughout their team,” Richardson said of Liberty, which beat Truman 5-0 Tuesday to advance. “They have dangerous forwards and a strong midfield, so we need to try to slow them down and stem some of their explosiveness on their attack.”
North won 5-0 in the first matchup with Liberty, but the Blue Jays were short-handed because of injuries at the time. Liberty edged the Broncos 6-5 in double overtime in their last game.
Richardson doesn’t want to see a game as high scoring as that.
“We’d like to see a more defensive game,” he said. “But that may not happen. Both teams have really strong scorers.”

FINAL SUMMARY

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 6, LEE’S SUMMIT 0
LS North        Lee’s Summit
12    Shots on goal    6
4    Saves    6
7    Corner kicks    2
7    Fouls    13
0    Yellow cards    0
LEE’S SUMMIT    0    0    —    0
LS NORTH           3    3    —    6
Keepers: Caroline Stanley, Lee’s Summit North; Kelsey Gouchner, Lee’s Summit.
Scoring
First half
LSN — Allie Stephenson (Kourtney Corder assist), 1:00.
LSN — Morgan Marlborough (Stephenson assist), 23:00.
LSN — Grace Cross (Marlborough assist), 40:00.
Second half
LSN — Marlborough (Cross assist), 57:00.
LSN — Stephenson (Cross assist), 59:00.
LSN — Corder (Marlborough assist), 62:00.