The Truman girls soccer team might not have started the season with its best possible effort. But the lessons the Patriots learned Monday night probably were ideal for a season opener.

The Truman girls soccer team might not have started the season with its best possible effort. But the lessons the Patriots learned Monday night probably were ideal for a season opener.

Even more so considering that despite a less-than-stellar start, the Patriots still escaped with a 2-1 overtime victory over Raytown South at Truman High School.

Against a Cardinals team that played a majority of balls through the air, Truman coach Jared Byrne was frustrated with the way his team went after 50-50 balls in the first half. But thanks to a goal by Amber Young – off an assist from Sandra Chiles – in the 38th minute, the Pats (1-0) still entered the intermission with a 1-1 tie.

Young’s score represented the first time the Pats were able to reap the benefits of following their coach’s game plan.

“We’ve talked about possession and not forcing balls,” Byrne said. “And the first time we actually combine and make some passes to feet – we make three, four quick passes – and we got a beautiful shot on goal. It was a good teaching moment for them to see this might work.”

Young’s goal salvaged a sloppy first half and allowed the Patriots to regroup at the half. Truman’s halftime topic of discussion was all about playing with more aggressiveness.

“We were just kind of waiting for our feet, but they were challenging to it first,” Young said. “The big thing was just stepping up and getting to it first, playing harder. Hit them before they hit us.”

The results were evident from the outset of the second half. Although the Pats failed to find a go-ahead goal until after regulation, they consistently controlled possession and manufactured a handful of scoring opportunities.

 After going to overtime, Kelsey Waterworth provided the game-winner in the 82nd minute after taking a pass from Young and connecting on an off-balance goal from the left side of net.

Waterworth said it was a case of being in the right place at the right time.

“I was there by accident,” said the sophomore midfielder. “I guess I put it in. That is my position, but I’m supposed to be more central and I was more out to the side.”

 Maybe the score wasn’t textbook, but Byrne credited Waterworth for playing her position the way he’s been trying to coach her.

“We’ve been talking with her about her tendency to just go forward and make runs forward,” he said. “But for where she’s at in her position, she needs to keep space in front of her. She had that space and so her shot was a little off-balance, but you put shots on goal and hopefully they go in.”