PLATTE CITY, Mo. – Brie Severns is off to a hot start a mere two games into the season.
The Blue Springs South sophomore scored both goals in her team’s 2-0 victory against Staley on Monday in the semifinals of the Platte County Invitational at Pirate Stadium.
Severns scored in the 10th and 11th minute to give the Jaguars the advantage early in a matchup of district runners-up last year.
The goals came a mere 46 seconds apart and gives her five in the Jaguars’ two wins.
Her first goal came with 30:19 on the clock and was the result of her out running a defender. Severns went after Staley defender Tio Krizogono and stole the ball and then beat the Falcon player in a foot race toward the goalie box. Severns blasted a shot past Staley goalkeeper Hannah Peterson for the goal.
Less than a minute later, the Jaguars were back on the attack and a loose ball bounced to Severns who sailed a shot from long distance and it sailed just below the top crossbar and over the outstretched arms of Peterson.
“I saw the defenders and I saw how my teammates were pushing up and defending other players,” Severn said. “I thought I had a chance. I just decided to take it and without the pressure I wouldn't have had the chance.”
The Falcons (1-1) had a shot attempt blocked away by the hands of Jaguars goalie Alaina Werremeyer in 27th minute, while Peterson did a similar tactic on a shot by Blue Springs South’s Molly Voigt in the 34th minute.
Severns had three opportunities to get her second hat trick in as many games in the second 40 minutes.
Her closest came on a breakaway but Peterson ran toward the ball and made a save as the two players collided in the 64th minute in what was a rather physical second half. While no cards were issued, there were multiple fouls called.
Werremeyer had a similar play in the 47th minute to turn away a Staley attack. That helped persevere her second shutout win in two tries for Blue Springs South.
The Jaguars are idle until the championship at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“It wasn't always pretty today” Blue Springs South coach Todd Findley said. “Staley is a hard-working team. We did what we needed to. Alaina made some nice saves in goal and Brie had two magnificent shots.”
Blue Springs South’s opponent in the final is up in the air. The pool portion of the tournament features Platte County, Liberty North and Grain Valley.
Liberty North finished pool play 0-0-2 after a 0-0 tie versus Platte County in the early game Monday.
Grain Valley, which tied Liberty North 1-1 on Saturday, needs a win today against Platte County to reach the finals. If the two teams tie, a formula will be used to see who plays in the first-, third- and fifth-place games.
The top-seeded Jaguars won the tournament title last year by beating Liberty North, 3-0.
In Saturday’s 5-0 win over No. 7 St. Pius X, Severns scored a hat trick to lead the way. Logan Abernathy added a goal and an assist, Morgan Wallace scored a goal, and Kiara Schaefer and Khiara Cox each had an assist.