Basehor-Linwood hurt by loss
With his team leading 3-2 over Bonner Springs High School, Basehor-Linwood High School soccer coach Ken Couch thought about changing goalies.
In net for the Bobcats was sophomore goalie Joel VanderVelde. He had played 40 minutes of shutout soccer, but late in the second half in a span of five minutes, VanderVelde's shutout disappeared and quickly shrunk to a one-goal lead.
VanderVelde replaced senior Charles Millison in net just as he had done the previous day. Couch typically likes to get Millison involved in the action on the field, so after a short stint in net, the senior traded in his red and black goalie jersey for a green Bobcat jersey. However, late in the game, Couch thought about tossing that red and black jersey back to Millison.
"I thought about it when we were up 3-2," Couch said. "That's nothing against Joel, I thought he played an outstanding game for us. I just sensed that they were building some momentum and I thought that if we changed goalies it might kill their momentum."
Instead, VanderVelde played on and in the final 10 minutes of play Bonner Springs netted two goals to complete the comeback and take the game 4-3.
"It's disappointing," senior midfielder Pete Hill said of the loss. "We played our best game of the season and then we choked it away at the end."
Before the end, specifically before the final 20 minutes, the Bobcats built a 3-0 lead behind some solid and unselfish play.
After battling up hill for much of the first half, senior Josh Moore broke the scoreless tie, when he aggressively crashed the net and caught BSHS goalie David Baxter out of position. Baxter challenged the ball, but not hard enough and Moore settled it on his foot and lobbed it into the net to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
BLHS led 1-0 at halftime, but 12 minutes into the second half, Millison extended the Bobcats lead to 2-0 with a header off a feed from Derrick Bryan. Bryan lobbed the ball to the center of the box and as he was falling back Millison directed a high lobbing header over Baxter and into the net.
"Get in there," Millison screamed as the ball caromed off his head.
"Any time it's close I yell at the ball, because it might give it that extra umph," Millison said.
It worked and BLHS led 2-0. Eight minutes later Moore scored his second goal of the day on a breakaway and the Bobcats appeared to be headed to an easy victory.
"We scored six yesterday and three today, so the scoring's coming, we just have to finish," Couch said. "We'll get things turned around."
The loss dropped BLHS to 0-4.
Despite the slow start, the Bobcats are eager to put this loss behind them and look ahead to the rest of the season.
"We've started out hot the past couple years and then started losing at the end," Millison said. "So maybe this year will be the opposite and we'll do our winning at the end. That's the time you want to win anyway."