Archive for Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Bobcats hanging tough at 3-3-1

September 26, 2001

So far this season, goals have not been easy to come by for the Basehor-Linwood soccer team. In its first four games, the Bobcats managed just two goals, but somehow managed to scrape out two wins.

Lately, however, the Bobcats have begun to pick up the goal scoring while hovering around the .500 mark.

"It gets to bother you a little bit," BLHS coach Lee Sigley said of not scoring goals. "But I've seen it before and once you finally do get a goal, it's like rain after that."

Monday, Sept. 24, the Bobcats traveled to Perry to play a make-up game with the Kaws. After a scoreless first half, the Bobcats began to hear the thunder. Goals dropped from the sky in the second half and each time PLHS would score the Bobcats answered. At the end of regulation, the game was tied at 2-2 and overtime was necessary. One 10-minute overtime period passed by and the game was still tied. But in the second OT, BLHS junior Aaron Magaha ended the game and snapped BLHS's two-game losing streak as he managed to sneak the ball past the Perry goalie.

"I think this game brought our team's spirits up quite a bit," Magaha said.

Sigley agreed and said that it felt great to finally get some goals.

"We'd lost two straight, so it was definitely nice to get a win, especially since it broke the streak," Sigley said. "Compared to how we had been scoring, three goals was like rain. It can be a roller coaster, but it was a huge lift for us."

The Bobcats were back at it on Tuesday, Sept. 25, this time at home against De Soto. De Soto is widely regarded as one of the best team's in the state and Tuesday they played like it.

"They're a good team, definitely one of the best in the league," Sigley said. "So coming in we knew it was going to be tough."

Immediately it was. Like they have so many times this season, the Bobcats gave up the game's first goal when De Soto senior Dave Moore scored less than five minutes into the game. Junior Jesse Smith added another goal on a nifty move through a defender's legs 15 minutes later, and at halftime the Bobcats trailed 2-0.

"I think we were all a little tired from yesterday's game," Magaha said.

In the second half, the Bobcats fell behind even further when Todd Manson scored on an indirect kick that went through the hands of BLHS goalie William Bardwell.

The rest of the second half favored BLHS in a big way. Charles Millison got the team's only goal of the game when he fielded a pass from Pete Hill in the box and slammed it into the back of the net. From there, De Soto chalked up two more to win 5-1, but the Bobcats came away feeling pretty good about how they played.

"We didn't play bad at all," Sigley said. "If we got a couple of breaks, that would've been a one -or two-goal game in the second half and then it could've been a different story.

The Bobcats are now 3-3-1 on the year, and will play at Tonganoxie Thursday, Sept. 27.

"We're going to move on from this game," Sigley said. "We know we're going into a game we can win this Thursday, and we're getting ready to focus on the challenge ahead."

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