Bobcats destroy Sumner, 8-0
Freshman adds to goal total
The Basehor-Linwood soccer team finally faced an opponent even younger than it on Monday, and the Bobcats offered no sympathy, beating Sumner Academy 8-0.
The Bobcats roster includes only one senior, captain Jed Sides, but they looked like confident veterans against the visiting Sabres, who graduated seven starters last year. Though the Bobcats' passing was sloppy at times, they made more than enough individual plays to take advantage of Sumner's inexperience.
Freshman Austin Knipp led the charge, scoring four goals for the second time this season. Through his first seven varsity games Knipp has scored a team-leading 11 goals, an offensive explosion that has even surprised himself.
"I never planned on being this good as a freshman," Knipp said. "I planned on getting about five or six goals."
Knipp had plenty of help putting pressure on the Sumner Academy goalie, as the Bobcats outshot the Sabres 32-7.
Sophomores Travis Daly and Chris Prgomet also scored, and freshman Jared Masters added a goal in the first half, faking the goalie to the ground before dribbling around him and tapping it in. Prgomet's goal was the most impressive of the day, as he lofted a free kick over the goalie from 40 yards away. Even sophomore goalie Zach Lowe got into the action, scoring on a penalty kick in the second half.
Bobcats coach Ken Couch said junior Nick Box was the unsung hero of the day, despite not getting his name on the score sheet.
"A lot of our guys tried to go individual so they could score, but Nick wanted to keep it as a team game and he really played that way," Couch said. "He protected on defense, he didn't want to be scored on and he showed a lot of desire even against a weaker team."
Thanks to the efforts of Box and the rest of the Bobcats' defense, Lowe had a relatively easy day in the net, compared to games against Mill Valley and Bishop Ward where he was peppered by shots from close range. Sumner failed to mount any sustained offensive attack, not even managing a shot on goal in the second half. The team's inexperience showed, as most of its
best scoring chances were negated by offsides penalties.
Despite a comfortable 3-0 lead at halftime, Couch left in many of his starters, looking ahead to Wednesday's rematch with undefeated Mill Valley, who beat the Bobcats 4-0 in the season opener.
"We have to show we can play," he said. "We played bad in the last couple games
against better opponents and we have to
get our confidence up by scoring," Couch said.
Knipp said he expected the Bobcats to be more focused as a team on Wednesday, rather than looking for individual accomplishments.
"I know we'll have our heads in it because no one on the team likes Mill Valley," Knipp said.