Soccer falls to Lee’s Summit at sectionals


Senior forward Quintin Liddle hugs his teammate, junior midfielder Preston Fancher, after the game. Liddle was emotional when the final whistle blew, realizing he had just finished his final game as a Bruin. “[This game meant] everything,” Liddle said. “And that’s it.”

Allie Pigg

It was an unlucky 24 hours on RBHS’ Sells Field. After the football team’s heart wrenching 29-27 loss Friday night, the boys’ soccer team [17-6-1] took the field Saturday afternoon in their sectional game against the Lee’s Summit Tigers [21-1].    
Unfortunately, the Bruins’ season ended when the final whistle blew, sending the Tigers to the Final Four with a score of 1-0.
“We knew what they were going to do, and they executed,” Head Coach Scott Wittenborn said. “I thought we played a pretty good game. We just couldn’t find the net.”
Both sides fought hard, producing a handful of goal chances, fouls and set pieces. The defense was a controlling factor from both the Tigers and Bruins, keeping the game exciting, yet frustrating for the cold fans in the bleachers, loudly cheering for their team to come out on top in each excruciatingly close play.
The Tigers capitalized on an unlucky touch from the Bruins’ back line in the eighth minute, scoring off of a slick bicycle kick from a Lee’s Summit offender. From there on, the Bruins battled for every ball but could not generate a goal for the remaining 72 minutes of play.
For the Bruins’ eight seniors, Saturday’s game marked the end of their high school soccer career. Many of them broke down in tears at the sound of Lee’s Summit celebrations at the end of the game.
“[Next year] we’re going to lose a lot of special players,” Wittenborn said. “We’ll lose a lot of our speed and a lot of our heart, but hopefully those younger guys can step up.”