Lady Bobcat soccer still moving forward
Even amidst a four-game losing streak, Basehor-Linwood head soccer coach Lane Davis is as calm as can be.
Always starting with the positives in the post-game huddle, one would think that the Lady Bobcats were winning.
But in the inaugural season of the program, the squad sits with a 2-6 record as of Tuesday, and all Davis can do is give encouragement.
"It's pretty lifting," said sophomore captain Blaine Buck. "When we're down, he gets us up. We know that the teams that beat us 10-0 are pretty good and they've been together for a long time, unlike us."
The Lady Bobcats took a step in the right direction Tuesday at Harmon, posting their second win of the season and ending a four-game skid.
Ashley Odle netted two goals, while Elisha King and Ashley Nemchik added one each in a 4-2 road win over the Lady Hawks.
"They enjoyed it quite a bit," Davis said of Tuesday's win. "We've been pounded by some of the stronger teams, so they were excited."
All goals were tallied in the first half, as Harmon switched up defensively to stay close.
"They got too smart and threw everybody in front of the goal," Davis said.
The win ended a rough road for the Lady Bobcats, to which they were outscored 35-2, including a 10-0 loss to Kansas City Christian. After a ten-goal lead, the game is called.
"Twenty minutes in, we're playing well," said Davis. "In spurts, we played really well, but then we would kind of lose our focus.
"We're really trying to focus on trying to get as much of a complete game as we can."
Basehor-Linwood lost 8-2 Monday to visiting Ottawa as Nemchik and Lindsay Cunningham scored goals.
Cunningham netted her goal as the first half clock was winding down. BLHS trailed 4-1 at the half.
Nemchik then scored on a penalty kick in the second half.
Earlier last week, Basehor-Linwood lost a pair of blowouts to some of the stronger teams in the area.
On Thursday, April 26, the Lady Bobcats fell to Immaculata in a 9-0 decision, then the following Tuesday, BLHS was hammered by Ottawa 8-0.
"We're still learning and getting better," Buck said after the KC Christian loss. "We haven't gotten very far, but we're still getting there."
Notes . . .
Wednesday's game at Bishop Miege was a late addition to the schedule. The Lady Stags are one of the top-ranked teams in the state.
"When you get to play the best teams in the state, you really get to see where you are at as a program," BLHS head coach Lane Davis said.
"The next year, we can see how well we've gotten better," Davis added. "It's not so bad to play the big dogs every once in a while, just to give the girls a big game feel."
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Wednesday's game The Basehor-Linwood junior varsity squad fell 6-0 to Ottawa on Monday.
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Davis said that should the Lady Bobcats pick up another win, it would avoid playing a strong team in post-season play.
"If we can get one more win, that will help us out for we play at Regionals."
With a win, Basehor-Linwood would finish fifth in the Northeast Kansas League.