Lee's Summit North Broncos Defeat #1 Nationally Ranked Liberty
by Merle Bowers
April 3, 2011
Lee's Summit North Bronco Brianna Engler kicks the winning goal against the Liberty Blue Jays
photo by Leslie Dobyns
According to the Women's Powerade 50 Rankings
this past week, the Liberty Blue Jays team was ranked #1 in the nation among high school teams competing in the spring. Lee’s Summit North was ranked #5.
These two teams met in the final Saturday of the MoKan tournament held at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
With each team being unable to score during regulation, and because this was a tournament, they played two ten minute sudden death overtime periods where the first team to score would have been declared the winner. These periods ended in a 0-0 tie.
To be able to determine a winner, each team chooses 5 women who alternated kicking penalty kicks. This shoot out ended 4-4, requiring the teams to alternate kicking penalty kicks one at a time.
Here is where the real game began. Liberty sends in their player to kick against University of Missouri signee, Caroline Stanley. Liberty kicks and Stanley blocks.
Lee’s Summit North sends in Brianna Engler to kick, the kick goes in and the Broncos have beaten the #1 ranked team in the nation. The Broncos remain undefeated at 6-0.
Head Coach Tim Richardson remarks, "Liberty is a strong team and they have exceptional talent. Our defense stepped up, particularly our goalie, Caroline Stanley."
The Broncos next game is Tuesday night, April 5, 6:30 at Blue Springs South.
The Tribune would like to thank Leslie Dobyns, the parent of a Bronco player, for her photos of this match.