The strategy was clear for Truman girls soccer coach Manny Tovar when his team went against perennial power St. Teresa’s Academy Wednesday.

He had his Patriots play bunker defense and hope to get a goal off a counterattack or a long ball played over the top to a forward.

It worked for the first half, as the Patriots kept the game scoreless. But the Stars finally broke through with a goal in the 52nd minute, and the floodgates opened from there as they topped the Patriots in the Class 4 District 14 championship, 4-0, Wednesday at Independence All-School Stadium.

Tovar said he knew this was going to be his team’s toughest game of the year, and it proved to be such as St. Teresa’s controlled possession throughout. Truman focused on the defensive end, and it worked for a good portion of the game.

“‘We knew we had to defend No. 7 (Lilly Farkas) – great, great player,” Tovar said before his players chased and dumped ice water on him while he fled. “I don’t think she scored today, which is a great thing. We were able to shut her down. Defensively, we did a great job in the first half. We are not a deep team, so in the second half, we ran out of gas.”

“(St. Teresa’s) has made state every year, so it’s hard to play against them. Our goal was to frustrate them and we did that. You could tell 10 minutes into the game that they were frustrated. We did what we needed to and got them off their game a little bit.”

But Farkas sent a perfect cross to Abigail Hennessy, who knocked in a close-range shot for the only goal the Stars needed. Payton Garrett later added two goals Carlie Duus had one for the Stars.

Meanwhile, Truman didn’t get its first and only shot attempt of the game until Alize Becerra had a breakaway opportunity in the 72nd minute, but her shot went wide left.

The Patriots ended their season at 8-10.

“We exceeded our expectations,” Tovar said. “We didn’t know what was going to happen coming into this season. We won a couple of games that we shouldn’t have and lost some we shouldn't have. We were at about the same record we were last year.”