BLHS encouraged in defeat
The Basehor-Linwood boys soccer team lost its season opener 4-0 to defending Kaw Valley League champion Mill Valley on Tuesday, despite a remarkable 18-save effort by sophomore goalie Zach Lowe.
The Bobcats trailed the Jags, who finished third at 4A state last year, just 1-0 at halftime, with Mill Valley's only goal coming on a penalty kick.
In the second half, though, the powerful and experienced Mill Valley squad wore down BLHS, adding three insurance goals.
Basehor-Linwood coach Ken Couch said Lowe was "awesome" in his first full varsity game, and added that there were plenty of positives to build on, despite the final score.
"We played very well on defense," Couch said, "and we had some chances on offense, but just couldn't put the ball in the net."
Before the season began, Couch noted that he expected his defense to lead this year's team. And although giving up four goals might not seem like a great effort, it is against a team as explosive and dangerous as Mill Valley. Especially considering the way the goals were scored.
The Bobcats next action will come Thursday, Sept. 4 at Tonganoxie. After that they will return home for a the start of a three games in three days stretch Monday, Sept. 8.