Bobcats learn lesson in loss
After jumping out to a 2-0-1 record, the Basehor-Linwood High School soccer team had gained some confidence. In a matter of 90 minutes, however, a lot of that confidence was lost, as the Bobcats were routed 7-0 by Mill Valley High School on Thursday, Sept. 13.
While the loss was large in terms of goal differential, it wasn't as devastating as it could have been. In fact, BLHS goalie Charles Millison said it was exactly what the team needed.
"The loss was good for us in a sense," Millison said. "Because we were just getting too cocky."
That cockiness quickly disappeared on Thursday, however, when 20 minutes into the game Mill Valley scored and the Bobcats were behind for the first time all season. Five minutes after Mill Valley's Andy Marquez hammered the ball into an empty net, he assisted on MVHS's second goal, and all of a sudden BLHS was down 2-0.
"That second goal was totally my fault," Millison said. "I hadn't been scored on all year and they got one, so on that second one I thought to myself, 'there's no way they're scoring again' and I just got lazy."
BLHS coach Lee Sigley said that laziness was a quality that the entire Bobcat team seemed to start the game with.
"We came out pretty lackadaisical and that didn't exactly help," Sigley said. "They (MVHS) were runner up at state last year, so we knew they were going to have a solid team, but we just didn't come out with the focus that we needed."
Mill Valley added three more goals in the first half, and at halftime the Bobcats trailed 5-0.
After surrendering three goals in 30 minutes, Millison left the game when he re-injured his sore right ankle. Senior William Bardwell took over in net for the Bobcats and stayed there for the second half. Millison sat out about 15 minutes of game time and then went back in to play the field hoping to provide an offensive spark. The offense never quite came, but Millison's hustle seemed to be contagious.
The second half was played at a tempo that Sigley thought should've been there from the beginning and he was extremely pleased with his team's second half effort.
"We came out and had some hustle and played hard in the second half," Sigley said.
Mill Valley added its sixth goal 20 minutes into the second session, and capped the scoring off in the 88th minute of play. Sigley said he felt the second half should've been a 1-0 half, and that his team regained some of its confidence by playing tough in the second half.
Millison agreed and said he was certain the Bobcats would build on their second half performance and come back stronger in their next game.
"I have no doubt at all that we'll bounce back from this," Millison said. "We don't focus as well as we should sometimes. We just took a day off today."
BLHS will again take the field Thursday, Sept. 20, when they travel to Immaculata for another Kaw Valley League game.