Archive for Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Bobcats playing best at end of season

October 17, 2001

The Basehor-Linwood soccer team welcomed the end of its most difficult week of the season recently with a hard-fought loss, 3-2, to Immaculata on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Prior to the IHS game, however, the Bobcats ran the Kaw Valley League gauntlet of Perry-Lecompton, Mill Valley and Lansing and they came away winless scoreless, in fact.

A 3-0 loss to Perry, followed by a 4-0 loss to Mill Valley and a 3-0 loss to Lansing made the week the toughest of the season, but coach Sigley said his team had nothing to be ashamed of.

"This was the toughest week by far," Sigley said. "We're just glad it's over and now we're hoping to get a win or two heading into the postseason."

Before they get to the postseason, the Bobcats have one more regular season game and it won't be any easier than the past few. The Bobcats will travel to De Soto Thursday, Oct. 18, to take on the Wildcats another one of the KVL's premier teams.

With two goals in the past four games, a lot of the pressure has been on the defense. But instead of getting down and becoming frustrated by the extra action, the BLHS defenders have risen to the challenge and really tried to step up their play.

"It never gets frustrating because you do get a break every now and then," senior Joe Johnson said. "And besides that, it's our position we're defenders, so we like doing our jobs."

Despite what the recent scores might indicate, Sigley said his defense has been doing its job very well lately. Sigley most emphasized the 3-0 Lansing game to illustrate his point.

"I thought (the Lansing game) was one of our best defensive efforts of the season," Sigley said. "They're undefeated and their goals were legit, but they scored in the first minute and in the last minute, so realistically that could've been a 1-0 game."

Johnson agreed with his coach and said that the tone they had in the loss to Lansing might be indicative of how they plan to finish the rest of the season.

"I think we played our best game as a team (against Lansing)," Johnson said. "I think that with that kind of attitude and effort we can still do some things this season. The season's starting to go back up a bit for us."

The Bobcats will close out their season at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, when they take on De Soto. After that, they will be assigned to a regional playoff game, which will be determined on Saturday, Oct. 20, based on regular season standings.

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