Both teams could claim steps in the right direction, but the Blue Springs girls soccer team still couldn’t find its first victory this season.

Both teams could claim steps in the right direction, but the Blue Springs girls soccer team still couldn’t find its first victory this season.

Lee’s Summit built a two-goal halftime lead, then held off and answered a second-half rally by the host Wildcats to post a 3-1 win Thursday at Peve Stadium in Blue Springs.

The Tigers evened their record at 2-2 by winning their Suburban Big Six opener, while Blue Springs fell to 0-5-1 overall and 0-2 in the Big Six.

“We want to open up the game and create passing lanes,” Lee’s Summit coach Dave Wiebenga said. “We were able to do that tonight.”

The first big opening came in the sixth minute, when Taylor Walker dribbled up the middle for 10 yards and beat the goalie with a 15-footer to the left.

In the 35th, Morgan Maxwell’s long ground ball found its way to Gabby Fleck at the goalie box, and she easily flipped in the second goal.

While his Blue Springs team picked up the offensive pace in the second half, having to overcome a two-goal deficit bothered coach Doug McLagan.

“What if it had been 1-nil at the half, instead of 2-nil,” he said. “We gave up a silly goal.

“(The defender near Fleck) left it for the keeper, and the keeper didn’t ask for it.”

Blue Springs halved the deficit nine minutes into the second half, when Bailey Hensley’s arcing boot from 30 yards out snuck in between the crossbar and goalie Megan Manley’s outstretched hand.

But Lee’s Summit responded 10 minutes later, as Mallory Page got a middle run and made a pass to the left for Brittany Hisey, who angled in a wide-side shot.

Between those goals and several other quality chances – the Tigers got off 16 shots, 10 in the second half – Wiebenga said he was pleased with his team’s offensive showing.

“That’s the thing we’ve been battling all year – trying to create scoring opportunities,” he said. “Gabby does a heck of a job on the right side, and we’re finding a supporting cast around her.”

The Tigers also got a lift from Manley, who preserved the two-goal lead by denying Hensley twice. First, she went out of the box to keep Hensley from getting off an uncontested shot, then later dove to knock away an angled attempt.

Blue Springs goalies Lindsey Davis (first half) and Alyssa Scholl combined for seven saves. The Wildcats had seven of their 10 shots in the second half and also earned all five of the corner kicks after halftime.

Freshman defender Alexis Koop said that despite the loss, she senses a young Wildcats team, one that starts just one senior in Hensley, is gelling.

“I think we’re starting to stick together as a team and having each other’s back,” Koop said. “We’re getting more comfortable with each other.”