Lee’s Summit West lived up to its No. 1 seed in the Class 3, District 13 semifinal held Oct. 29 at Raymore-Peculiar.
The Titans, 17-6-3, shut out No. 4 seeded Belton 8-0 to move on to the championship game.
“We played very well,” Lee’s Summit West head coach Chris Brizendine said. “The forwards and mids put a lot of nice things together up front and created many quality scoring chances. Defensively, we did a great job holding our shape and controlling the play.”
Lee’s Summit West led 3-0 at halftime with two goals from junior forward Max Ostrander and one goal from senior midfielder Drew Douglas. Just a few seconds into the second half, Ostrander took a direct kick and scored to put the Titans ahead at 4-0. A few minutes later, junior forward Chase Fearon scored and midway through the period, senior midfielder Alex Brown put in a goal for the Titans.
With less than 15 minutes left in the game, sophomore midfielder Logan Visconti scored as did junior midfielder Conner Chase to seal the Titans’ 8-0 victory. Senior goalkeepers Quentin Coates and Danny Ayasse shared the shutout.
“It was a tough loss, but we played well,” Belton head coach David Mannell said. “We played well in our first game against Ruskin, and ended the season on a positive note with a great group effort from our boys. There were plenty of individual battles going on all night, but we were simply overmatched against a very good LSW team.”
Belton defeated No. 5 seeded Ruskin 6-0 in the first round game held Oct. 27. The Pirates end the season with an 8-17 record.
“We grew a lot as a group, but many results could have gone our way if we just had a little more overall maturity throughout the year,” Mannell said. “We lost 10 games by a one-goal margin (including shootouts) and were only kept off the score sheet twice this season. Our mindset remained dedicated to physical, attacking soccer, and was a reflection of earned success in our eight victories.”
No. 2 seeded Rockhurst blanked No. 3 seeded Raymore-Peculiar in semifinals.
In the first period, Rockhurst senior forward James Brazeal scored at the 34:33 minute mark. Brazeal scored again with less than seven minutes to go in the first half to put the Hawklets ahead at 2-0.
Rockhurst put the game away in the second half on another goal. Raymore-Peculiar ends the season with a 12-10 record.
In the Class 2, District 13 first round game held Oct. 29 at Grain Valley, No. 4 Oak Grove slipped past No. 5 Pleasant Hill 4-1 after two overtimes in penalty kicks. The Roosters end the season with an 8-14-1 record.