Basehor-Linwood soccer team rarely scores, wins often
The Basehor-Linwood High School soccer team had a two-game stretch that spanned where it did not score for nearly 200 minutes of play. But in the 199th minute of their game against Piper Thursday, Sept. 6, the Bobcats broke through and got to the net.
The scoring play wasn't exactly routine by soccer standards, but after not scoring for 200 minutes, BLHS coach Lee Sigley said he'd take it any way he could get it.
"We've had a little trouble scoring so far," Sigley said after BLHS's second win of the season. "You'd like to get one in regular play, but it was an obvious call and after a 200-minute drought, we'll take it."
The obvious call that Sigley talked about came when Piper defender Jacob Greathouse knocked the ball with his hand inside the goalie box. Any time that happens, it's an immediate penalty kick regardless of whether it was intentional or not.
BLHS junior Pete Hill, stepped in to take the PK, and as the Piper goalie dove left, Hill calmly drove the ball to the low right side of the net.
"It felt really nice to get a goal," Hill said. "I'm hoping this will help the team get more balls in the back of the net."
The win pushed the Bobcats' record to 2-0-1 on the year, but according to senior Scott Allen, the latest game should've been won a lot earlier.
"I think we probably should've had about five goals," Allen said. "It's great to get this win, but we definitely need to work on our passing."
The Piper victory came in the wake of a 0-0 double-overtime tie against Tonganoxie on Tuesday, Sept. 3, but Sigley said he wasn't surprised that the early games this season have been so tightly contested.
"We've had a couple of nail-biters recently, but we've been lucky to escape with some wins," Sigley said. "There are still a lot of things we need to work on, but I think we'll improve as the year goes on."
Thirteen players six juniors and seven seniors return to the BLHS soccer team with experience from last season, and Sigley said because of the experience factor the team is eager to do better than it did a season ago.
"We knew we were going to be better than last year," Sigley said. "And I was pretty confident we could compete at a high level this year and I think the rest of the guys were too."
Sigley said the win against Piper was pretty indicative of the way his team plays.
"That's pretty much the heart of our team coming through," Sigley said. "We might not have the most talent, but I believe we can beat teams with our hustle."
The Bobcats will again take the field for a 4 p.m. kickoff Thursday, Sept. 13, when they host Mill Valley.