All it took was unlucky bounce.
Blue Springs South defender Taylor Burner made a good tackle on Lee’s Summit’s Bailey Oelberg but the ball deflected and landed right at the Tiger forward’s feet. He had a clear shot at banged it to the back of the net past a diving Keavin Hart to give his team a 1-0 road overtime win Thursday at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.
The Suburban Big Seven conference opener was suspended Wednesday due to a lightning storm and continued Thursday with 22:17 left in the second half. Although the Jaguars (0-2, 0-1 Big Seven), were outshot 11-5 the day before, the teams were nearly equal in time of possession as South had its fair share of chances.
Once the game resumed, it was the Tigers who dominated possession. Lee’s Summit held a 4-1 advantage in shots and sunk into the back end whenever South would push the ball to the Tigers’ third of the field. It made it difficult for the Jaguars to get any shots off. The only attempt they had was one from Bryce Millican in overtime, a shot that sailed high over the goal.
“I think that’s just the way they play,” South coach Jon Grice said of Lee’s Summit. “They are very organized in the back and they are good at getting numbers in the back and up top. That’s the idea of what we want to do. That’s something we need to build on.”
South had a couple of close calls in the last 22 minutes of regulation as the Tigers had at least three clear shots at the goal. One was barely deflected by a defender and Hart just happened to be in the right position to make a stop. He also saved a couple of sharply hit balls.
However, midway through the overtime period, he couldn’t stop Oelberg’s point-blank shot.
“Our shape was good and Taylor went to the ball and the other back dropped in and covered,” Grice said. “It was just a bounce that landed right back on the kid’s foot and he’s a talented player and he was able to tuck it in on one touch.”
Although, the Jaguars dropped to 0-2, Grice said he was pleased with the progress his team made from a 3-2 loss it had Monday against Oak Park.
“We had our moments of good possession and good attacks,” Grice said. “We played much better defense last night and tonight than we did on Monday. We’re excited at the prospect at us going in the right direction.”