Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Lady Bobcats crush Harmon

April 6, 2006

After opening the season with three close games, the Basehor-Linwood girls soccer team busted out in a game that was anything but close. The Lady Bobcats overpowered Harmon on their way to a 7-0 victory Tuesday that improved their record to 2-1-1.

Basehor-Linwood enjoyed a significant advantage in speed and athleticism against the Hawks and made sure the game was never in doubt. The Lady 0'Cats out-shot Harmon 23 to one and had 13 corner kicks to just one for the Hawks. Five different players scored for BLHS, which was an encouraging sign for coach Kevin Vincent. In a game when many of the Bobcat stars might have been tempted to pad their stats, they spread the ball around instead.

"I was glad to see people weren't selfish," Vincent said. "It's always good to see us play as a team."

As a team, the Bobcats were simply too much for the Hawks. Audrey Brock started the scoring just minutes into the game, knocking in a perfect cross from Jessica Smith. Smith recorded another assist a few minutes later when she found Shae Sawalich at the top of the 18. The junior buried the ball skillfully in the lower-right corner for her second goal of the season. She scored her third later in the game.

The Lady Bobcats played the ball almost exclusively in Harmon's half throughout the game. Brock and Shanna Couch were two of the most experienced players on the field and it showed. Both midfielders made move after move with the ball that made the Harmon defenders look foolish.

Couch's activity paid off midway through the first half when she found Brittney Ewan for her third goal of the season. Couch added a highlight-reel goal at the end of the half when she dribbled through the defense and tapped it in. She would add another goal in the second half.

The Bobcats led 4-0 at halftime and were happy to add on more after the break. Harmon tried to make up for its lack of athleticism by playing physically, but the Lady 'Cats generally responded well. Rather than jawing with their opponents or pushing back, they usually just got up and went after the ball again.

Smith, the all-league sophomore forward, added a nice goal to her two assists in the second half. She received a pinpoint pass from Kelsey Stephens and finished the breakaway with a shot that crossed from the left side of the goal to the right corner.

All in all, it was a confidence-builder for the Bobcats and helped erase the memory of Friday's 2-0 loss to Mill Valley. Although he wasn't quite as vocal in giving his lessons Tuesday, Vincent said his team still learned plenty from the mismatched game.

"We still tried to play our game plan," he said. "We tried to emphasize the same things we would in every game, no matter the score."

The Bobcats' next game is a difficult matchup at Kansas City Christian, which starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

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