Blue Springs South boys soccer coach Jon Grice said there is still a lot of work to do after Wednesday’s fifth-place game in the Raytown South Tournament.
For the Jaguars, being one-dimensional is their main problem through three games, he said.
“We did some things well, but we’re a little too single-minded when it comes to our play,” Grice said. “We have to expand our options. We’re little too direct and one trick. We need to build more players into it instead of sending one guy.”
That didn’t appear to affect South too much against crosstown rival Blue Springs. The Jags got three goals from three different players en route to a 3-0 victory in the consolation bracket final.
Both teams were evenly matched in the first half with South holding a 7-4 edge in shots. Time of possession was fairly even in the first 40 minutes and Blue Springs goalkeeper Jacob Williams was thwarting the Jaguars’ attack early on, including a pair of one-on-one challenges he won against South senior forward Bryce Millican.
“Jake was huge tonight,” Blue Springs head coach Mike Palermo said. “He made two or three saves on one play there. He kept us in the game, and it’s always great to have a huge goalkeeper like him.”
However, Millican finally got one past Williams on a direct free kick from 18 yards out in the 11th minute for a 1-0 advantage. Millican had another opportunity for a breakaway goal in the 38th minute, but once again Williams came up to the top of the box and knocked the ball the other way.
In the second half, the Jaguars (2-1) controlled possession. Zian Trober scored a goal off a corner kick from Millican for a two-goal lead.
“We didn’t make any changes (from the first half),” Trober said. “We executed our game plan better. In the first half, we went through with it a little bit, but in the second half, we really (bore) down and went through with it.”
The Wildcats (1-2) had a couple of chances to score a goal midway through the second half. Blue Springs sophomore defender Jesse Haynie sent a cross right in front of South’s goal line, but no Wildcat player was able to get deep enough in the box to convert. Senior forward Adam Fencl also had a pair of quality looks but one went just wide of the goal and a point-blank shot was knocked away by South senior defender John Hurley.
In the 59th minute, Hurley helped put the exclamation point on the game with a long through pass that found Thomas Froholt for a open shot midway inside the box for a 3-0 lead.
“John is a heck of an athlete,” Grice said. “He’s a big, strong player who is a really smart soccer player. He hates to give up goals. He can’t stand it. He’ll through the post if he has to. As a goalkeeper myself, he’s a guy you want playing left back for you.”