An early lead was not enough for Blue Springs Thursday.


 

An early lead was not enough for Blue Springs Thursday.

In a cold, steady rain, Blue Springs gave up two goals in a three-minute span, falling 2-1 to host Lee’s Summit West in the Tiger/Bronco/Titan Invitational.

Blue Springs went up 1-0 in the first five minutes off a goal from freshman Bailey Hensley.

However, the Wildcats could never mount a lot of offense after that goal.

“We were passing, playing as a team and worked hard together,” Hensley said. “Then we slacked off and thought it was over.”

West got on the board in the 23rd minute, as Jessie Satterfield was left alone on a corner kick and punched in the equalizer.

“We made a silly error on a set piece,” Wildcats coach Doug McLagan said. “We were in control of the game. We let someone sit on the 8-yard line all alone for about two seconds. It was a pathetic goal to give up. It ruined all we had done the first 15-18 minutes. It was just a silly error.”

Less than three minutes later, the Titans (2-1) struck again, as Alex Katzfey took a ball off a Blue Springs defender and buried it into the net.

The Wildcats (1-2) struggled in the second half trying to get a consistent offensive attack. 

Down 2-1, the Wildcats pushed up an extra attacker and forced some action.

In the final minute, Mallory Malone took a pass from Hensley and made a solid run. But her shot went just wide of the goal and the Wildcats didn’t have another good shot at tying the rest of the way.

“I thought there was a man on me,” Malone said. “That’s why I shot it (early).”

The Wildcats end the tournament 1-2 with losses against Liberty and Lee’s Summit West.

“We’re not going to see too many easy games,” McLagan said. “Most of our games are going to be like this one tonight. We need to learn to not make silly mistakes. These teams are good enough that if you open the door, they’ll walk in.”