A 30-minute lightning delay was no friend to Blue Springs Wednesday.

A 30-minute lightning delay was no friend to Blue Springs Wednesday.
Though Lee’s Summit North’s girls soccer team didn’t seem to mind.
Tied 0-0 entering the delay 10 minutes into the game, the visiting Broncos came out on fire, scoring three goals in the first seven minutes after the delay on the way to an 8-0 Suburban Big Seven win.
“We came out strong,” Wildcats forward Bailey Hensley said. “Then we went inside and lost our heads. We didn’t think we’d still play. We weren’t focused at all.”
And the focused Broncos (15-1, 7-0 Big Seven) took advantage.
Grace Cross scored in the 13th minute off a corner kick before Morgan Marlborough scored a minute later off a stolen pass.
In the 17th minute, freshman Allie Stephenson put in a goal and just like that, North had full control.
“After the lightning, we (thought) we might only get one half in,” Marlborough said. “So we felt we needed to score early on if we wanted to win.”
The Broncos added two more goals in the first half and three more in the second half to seal the victory.
“Things didn’t go our way, and we fell apart,” said Wildcats assistant coach Michael Palermo, filling in for head coach Doug McLagan. “We thought we’d take care of their big guns – Cross, Marlborough and Stephenson – and all three scored. Then a ball deflects off of us, they add another and next thing you know, it’s 5-0. They’re good enough to do that, and there’s no catching up against this team.”
Wildcats defender Morgan Hafner said part of the problem was how good North is up front. However, she said the Wildcats are still trying to work through issues with the defense.
“We’ve had difficulties with defending because we’re trying new things every game,” she said. “It’s not the same defense every game. Tonight we were working new people into new positions.”
In an attempt to slow down Marlborough and the Bronco offense, forward Mallory Malone was moved back to defense at the start of the game before moving back up to try to get some offense.
While the Wildcats try to get defensive issues and personnel figured out, Broncos coach Tim Richardson just hopes his team can keep playing this well.
“I’m cautious,” Richardson said of his optimism. “There is a lot of stuff going on in the life of a high school girl and sometimes soccer’s not the most thought-of thing. I think if we stay focused and keep (our heads) we can do (good things).”

LS North        Blue Springs
10    Shots on goal    2
2    Saves    2
3    Corner kicks    1
2    Fouls    8
0    Yellow cards    0
LS NORTH            5    3    —    8
BLUE SPRINGS    0    0    —    0
Keepers: Caroline Stanley, Lee’s Summit North; Nikky Goad, Blue Springs.
First half
LSN — Grace Cross (Allie Stephenson assist), 13:00.
LSN — Morgan Marlborough (unassisted), 14:00.
LSN — Stephenson (Ashley Licotta assist), 17:00.
LSN — Blue Springs own goal
LSN — Stephenson (Kourtney Corder assist), 40:00.
Second half
LSN — Marlborough (Cross assist), 63:00.
LSN — Stephenson (corner kick), 65:00.
LSN — Corder (unassisted), 72:00.