‘Cats back on track
The Basehor-Linwood soccer team capped a busy week with a win Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Piper High School. The Bobcats, now 4-5-1, defeated the Pirates 2-1 thanks to a surge at the end of the first half.
The Pirates cracked the scoreboard first when the Bobcats were called for a hand-ball penalty in the penalty box. The result was a penalty kick and a 1-0 Piper lead.
BLHS goalie Charles Millison said the penalty was a bad call, but he thought it inspired the Bobcats to get angry and start scoring.
"We got one right after that and then we got another one later in the half," Millison said. "We really stuck it to them."
Junior Casey Jones scored Basehor-Linwood's first goal shortly after the penalty kick, and junior Scott Allen gave the Bobcats the lead right before halftime with his first goal of the year.
"I've had so many that were so close, I knew I'd get one eventually," Allen said.
Allen's goal couldn't have come at a better time for the Bobcats as it ended a three-game losing streak and helped get the team back on track.
"We're playing a lot better as a team," Allen said. "We're starting to pass more and it's really helping our attack."
Help for the Bobcats attack is what they'll need a lot more of in the near future because junior forward Aaron Magaha, who has scored a good portion of BLHS's goals this season, is now done for the remainder of the year.
Magaha broke two bones in his right foot and dislocated his ankle in BLHS's 1-0 double-overtime loss to Tonganoxie on Friday, Sept. 28. Magaha said his left leg was taken out from him on a tackle and that when he landed on his right leg, it was not strong enough to hold his weight and the injury occurred.
The 1-0 loss came just three weeks after the Bobcats and Chieftains played to a scoreless, double-overtime tie earlier this season.
"We've never scored on their varsity, yet," Millison said. "They've always been pretty good defensively."
The Bobcats also dropped a game on Monday, Oct. 1, losing 3-0 to Lansing.
The Bobcats will be back in action Thursday, Oct. 4, when they host Perry-Lecompton.