Blue Springs South’s went into the girls soccer game against Lee’s Summit North with a plan.

Blue Springs South’s went into the girls soccer game against Lee’s Summit North with a plan.

The Jaguars were going to focus on defense and hope for some scoring opportunities.

The plan was working until two controversial calls changed the momentum of the game and the Broncos went on to win 4-0.

South (3-10, 0-7 Big Six) was surviving the Broncos’ offensive onslaught through most of the first half until a foul call gave North’s Allie Stephenson a penalty-kick opportunity. Stephenson put the ball in the net to give North a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute.

South coach Todd Findley said he didn’t agree with the call, and he thought it was a clean, hard tackle.

“I was disappointed with the penalty kick call,” Findley said.

A few minutes later, the Broncos were awarded a corner kick much to the chagrin of Jaguars fans. North converted the corner into their second goal when McKenzie Kellogg avoided the fray and knocked it in with 1:08 remaining.

North coach Tim Richardson said those two goals were important for the Broncos’ (10-5, 4-2) confidence.

“It was important for our team at that point,” Richardson said. “We’ve been struggling with scoring. The girls’ confidence might be a little bit down. To get on the scoreboard was a positive step in that game.”

The scoring continued into the second half when Ashley Licata scored in the 59th minute and the 64th minute. She said at halftime the Broncos made some adjustments.

“At halftime, we talked about moving the ball faster,” Licata said. “So we kind of had to step that up.”

Licata said the key to North’s offense is to make sure there is plenty of spacing. This allows the players to make good passes or have time to dribble if necessary.

“It was good to see two goals scored off the flow of play,” Richardson said.

It was something Richardson said the Broncos failed to do in the first half.

“I thought we had some chances throughout the first part of the game, and I thought we should have put them away,” Richardson said.

South goalie Monica Swingle and the Jaguars’ defense might have played a big role in that.

Heading into the game, the Jaguars knew they would probably be outgunned against North. So, Findley decided to make his team mostly one-dimensional with a focus on defense.

“You’re kind of handcuffed when you play a team like North,” he said.

For the most part, the Jaguars kept the Broncos attack at bay. Findley said Swingle, who was recently moved from reserve to starter due to injury, has excelled in her new role.

“With little experience, Monica has done a fantastic job,” Findley said.

She had plenty of help. Findley said he was also proud of the way his defense played.

“I feel like we fought hard and played some pretty good D,” Findley said.

The Jaguars even got a few chances on offense. However, Findley said, against good teams like North, just having chances isn’t good enough.

“You have to finish the few chances you get if you’re going to have any shot against them,” Findley said.