With the Truman defense focused on stopping all-state forward Morgan Marlborough, the door was opened for freshman Allie Stephenson.

With the Truman defense focused on stopping all-state forward Morgan Marlborough, the door was opened for freshman Allie Stephenson.
Stephenson scored a pair of goals in a span of 30 seconds – on her way to five total for the night – helping Lee’s Summit North roll to a 7-0 win over the host Patriots Friday.
“We had three starters who weren’t playing,” Truman coach Bryan Schmitt said. “Either way, we didn’t put up a good show. You can’t give up three easy goals in the first half against this team and come back. They probably have more shutouts than goals given up.”
Stephenson struck in the 14th minute twice, both off through passes from Marlborough. She scored again five minutes later to complete the natural hat trick and put the game away.
“I was really happy I scored all of those goals,” said Stephenson, a freshman. “Morgan hit two great through balls.”
Marlborough got in the act a couple of minutes later, off a cross from Stephenson to put the Broncos (12-1) ahead 4-0.
In the second half, Stephenson scored two more off passes from Grace Cross before Marlborough put away an unassisted goal to end the scoring.
“We had a rough start,” Cross said. “This was a long week for us. We’re trying to get our focus for our next three games.
“Allie had a really awesome night. She really stepped up.”
The Truman defense had its hands full with trying to stop Marlborough, then Stephenson. Defender Courtney Eisman said it was definitely a difficult task.
“It was nonstop pressure,” she said. “Then Callie (Lucas) got hurt and we had to change the whole lineup. It messed up our defense.
“But they are a great team. Their ball movement is amazing. If we played like that, I can’t imagine how good we could be.”
And while the Broncos offense was relentless, the defense was equally strong, not allowing Truman a single shot on goal for the game.