Archive for Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Soccer team anxious for second season

March 20, 2002

Maybe they're not planning on winning state this year. They might not even be planning on making the state tournament. But give them a break. After all, it is just their second year of existence.

On Tuesday, March 26, the Basehor-Linwood girls soccer team will take the field for the second season in school history. After a bumpy ride during their inaugural year, the Bobcats plan to improve in 2002. That planning, however, comes with a realistic mindset.

"We want to win more than we did last year," junior sweeper Tiffany Bates said. "We all have a much better idea of what's going on this year and we want to give some of those good teams a little tougher time. We don't just want to play well against them, we want to beat them."

With the entire 2001 roster returning, along with the addition of 10 to 12 more girls, coach Lee Sigley's squad will likely have a lot of chances to win this season. But Bates said she knew if the Bobcats were hoping to make more marks in the win column this year, they were going to have to do it with their defense.

"We don't score," Bates said. "But we do have a strong defensive team and we know that we need that to make up for what we lack on offense."

Despite the team's trouble putting the ball in the back of the net, Bates said she expected more goals this year, even if they don't need them. The Bobcats were shut out several times in 2001 and they scored 17 goals last season.

On top of returning an experienced squad this season, the Bobcats will also get a lift from the return of their three captains. Along with Bates, juniors Lindsay

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