All season long, Blue Springs South girls soccer coach Todd Findley has referred to Brie Severns and Alaina Werremeyer as his “bread and butter” combination.
Severns has been powering the Jaguars offense while Werremeyer has been the defensive centerpiece. That analogy rang true against Fort Osage in the Class 5 District 14 semifinals.
While it wasn’t pretty, according to Findley, his “bread and butter” duo did enough to get the job done in a 1-0 win against the Indians Tuesday at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.
“We knew any team in this tournament was capable of winning this thing,” Findley said. “Even though we were the (No.) 1 seed, we by no means thought we were a shoo-in. We played a tough 16-2 team and we knew we had our hands full. We had to gut one out.
“Alaina made some great saves with Ashton (Warren) and Mady (Geren) in front of her. Taylor (Gardner) combined with Brie on the attack to get that goal, and that’s been our bread and butter. It’s easy to see Alaina, Tay and Brie … that’s our combination.”
Severns scored the lone goal while Werremeyer notched her eighth shutout.
Severns, who has verbally committed to the University of Kansas, broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the 64th minute. She received a nice cross from Gardner and booted the ball in midair past Fort Osage goalkeeper Amber Lee.
“I always know Brie is going to be there,” said Gardner, a midfielder. “If I can get it to her, she is going to put it in.”
Added Severns, who is three goals shy of tying Nina Stine’s record for goals in a season (29): “It was a perfect ball. All I had to do is touch it.”
South (13-9) had a slight edge in possession for the game and a 17-6 edge in shots but had a difficult time scoring on Lee, who had 10 saves.
“The only goal they scored was unsaveable,” Fort Osage coach Michael Brown said of Severns’ game-winner. “Amber made a lot of good, tough saves. She kept us in it.”
Lee stuffed a close-range shot from Gardner early in the first half and also won a challenge against Severns midway through the second. Severns beat a double-team and had a one-on-one opportunity against Lee, who deflected the ball on the challenge, preventing an easy goal. Lee also managed to snag a header off a deflection from Severns.
“They did a good job stopping us on our attack,” Severns said. “They really knew how to stay with their man, so it was hard for us.”
Werremeyer, who wasn’t facing near as many shots as Lee, still made a couple of clutch saves to keep Fort Osage off the scoreboard. The Kansas State commit stopped a point-blank shot from Megan Lyon in the first half and made a diving stop of a wide-open look from Emma Hogland.
Brown said his team might have come up short but he was happy with the way his 16-3 played in this game and all season.
“I told the girls after the game that I couldn’t have been more proud about how they played,” Brown said. “They stuck to the game plan. We had some chances, we just couldn't put it in the back of the net.”
South advances to the district championship game to play a familiar foe in Suburban Big Seven rival Lee’s Summit North. The Jaguars split a pair of games with the Broncos in the regular season (a 5-2 win and a 1-0 loss).
“Lee’s Summit North is still super dangerous even after graduating so many girls last year,” Findley said of the Broncos, last year’s state runner-up. “It’s going to be a tough game. We are going to have to be on our A-game.”