Blue Springs’ Gabi Severns picked the most opportune time to net her first goal of her prep soccer career, even if she and several Lee’s Summit players were surprised she even had the chance.

Blue Springs’ Gabi Severns picked the most opportune time to net her first goal of her prep soccer career, even if she and several Lee’s Summit players were surprised she even had the chance.

The Wildcats had been playing to have one good chance to break through against the host Tigers on Tuesday, and they took advantage when it actually came, as the sophomore midfielder’s goal at the 69:59 mark snapped a scoreless deadlock and lifted the Wildcats to a 1-0 win at Hertzog Stadium.

A couple pop passes by Bailey Hensley and Beka Lowrey left Severns unmarked right above the box. The Lee’s Summit defenders – possibly believing Severns was a step offsides – failed to close, and Severns was able to dribble up and around goalie Megan Manley to tap in the eventual game-winner.

Blue Springs (3-8-1 overall, 2-5 Suburban Big Six) avenged last month’s 3-1 loss to the Tigers (8-5-2, 4-2).

“It was one chance to win a game that’s shocking to everyone,” said Severns, who admitted she was worried she’d be whistled for offsides before booting the game-winner. “We’ve been building up and getting better as we go along.”

Lee’s Summit accumulated 23 shots to Blue Springs’ seven, including a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Tigers also took all nine of the game’s corner kicks. A couple of those came after Severns’ score, but none proved a big threat.

“They had a nice game plan,” Lee’s Summit coach Dave Wiebenga said of the Wildcats. “They put five on the back line and forced us to break it down. We broke it down at times, but we couldn’t finish.”

Wiebenga acknowledged his team was anticipating an offsides call before the goal, but he said his team lacked focus.

“We can’t have mental lapses like that,” he said. “You have to play until the whistle.”

A player who did draw Wiebenga’s praise was Blue Springs goalie Alyssa Scholl, who made nine saves. Two of them were diving knockaways in the first half, and in each half she made a high tip-away.

Another great save came at the goal line from defender Alexis Koop, who kicked away Mallory Page’s header off a corner kick in the 25th minute.

“Exciting, very exciting,” said Scholl, who recorded her second shutout in as many weeks. “My defense is pretty young … and they’re still getting used to my style and getting used to high school soccer. But they help me out.”

“We were going to stay in the game at long as possible. (Coach) always tells us to tuck in and don’t get split, don’t give them anything easy.”

Looking to keep the game close, Blue Springs left just one player forward much of the first half, sometimes packing nine players within 40 yards of the goal and always paying special attention to striker Gabi Fleck. After halftime, they had two forward and were able to peck at the Tigers’ defense with more frequency, waiting for a chance.

It was a plan the Wildcats executed to a T.

“We didn’t (leave) any clear-cut shots,” coach Doug McLagan said. “Most of them came from poor angles, and we know Alyssa will handle those.

“We’ve got some kids with some soreness. I don’t think we’re 100 percent, but we showed a lot of heart against a pretty decent team.”