Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2004

Basehor-Linwood soccer team looking for turnaround

September 9, 2004

After a promising start that was interrupted by a violent storm from Mother Nature, the Basehor-Linwood soccer team has been struggling to find its momentum.

"We're going to have to turn this thing around in a hurry," coach Ken Couch said in a recent phone interview. "I've got to do something with this team's hearts or our .500 season could be in jeopardy. We've kind of got ourselves in a tough boat."

Couch pointed to an emphasis on fitness and endurance to be stressed in upcoming practices. "I think we're in better shape than we've ever been, but I still don't think it's enough yet. I mean, we had chances in the Tonganoxie game, but we just didn't finish them."

Indeed, September 2nd's 3-2 overtime loss to Tonganoxie was the third frustrating defeat in a row for a team that feels it's playing better, yet haven't been able to close the final gap.

The string of misfortune started during the Bobcats Aug. 27 away matchup with a highly-regarded DeSoto team. After two breakaway goals by sophomore Austin Knipp put the 'Cats up 2-1 with 10:27 left to play, the rest of the game was suspended due to a violent thunderstorm that swept through the area. This storm was part of the same violent cell that forced the abbreviation of the football team's scheduled exhibition. While Coach Couch was at first greatful for the stoppage, as he felt his team needed a rest on defense, he was eventually disappointed at the resumption of play as the 'Cats surrendered the next two goals to fall, 3-2.

August 30th's road matchup with Mill Valley started promisingly enough with a Knipp goal 30 minutes in. However, the last half of the game was dominated by Mill Valley who came away with an 8-1 victory.

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