Lansing gets revenge on Basehor-Linwood
Lions win soccer rematch 3-2
The Lansing Lions came to Basehor hungry Thursday night, eager to avenge an early-season loss to the BLHS soccer team. When the two teams met at Lansing on Sept. 6 the Bobcats overcame a 2-0 deficit to win by scoring three second-half goals, all by Austin Knipp. On Thursday the Lions again jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see it disintegrate. This time, though, they recovered and scored the all-important third goal.
The Lions and Bobcats sported identical 8-2-1 records coming into the game, and BLHS coach Kevin Vincent said he told his team to expect a tough game.
"Lansing's a good team and we knew they'd come prepared and ready to go," Vincent said.
The Lions proved him right, racking up four good shots in the first 10 minutes of the game. BLHS goalie Matt Murrell made a number of great saves to keep the Bobcats in the game early, but LHS senior Nate Markovetz beat Murrell with a header in the eighth minute to put Lansing ahead.
The Lions added another score 10 minutes later, crossing a ball in front of the net and knocking it in at the far post.
Sophomore defender Jonas Box sparked the Bobcats to their first goal with 13 minutes left in the half. Box carried the ball past midfield and then rolled a pass behind the Lansing defense. Lansing's all-state goalie, Alex Burton, was forced to come out of his box the play the ball and couldn't use his hands. Knipp was able to secure the ball, carry it left of Burton and knock it in the open net with his left foot.
Knipp struck again two minutes later, hitting a perfect volley shot from the right side into the left corner of the net from 25 yards out.
Knipp's second goal was the last one the Bobcats would score. Rather than play the midfield passing game they employed well earlier in the year, they spent most of the second half dumping the ball up field and hoping Knipp and fellow forward Stephen Millison could chase it down.
"It was just us not playing our game," Vincent said. "We just kind of threw it in the hands of Austin and Steve up front. We knew we weren't playing our best and when that happens we just try to kick it up to Austin and Steve."
The Lions scored the game-winner in the 64th minute on a play that was almost identical to their second goal.
8th minute: LHS senior Nate Markovetz scores on header, LHS 1, BLHS 0
17th minute: LHS senior Andy Dick scores off pass from Markovetz, LHS 2, BLHS 0
26th minute: BLHS senior Austin Knipp scores, assist to Jonas Box, LHS 2, BLHS 1
28th minute: BLHS senior Knipp scores from right on 25-yard volley, LHS 2, BLHS 2
64th minute: LHS senior Markovetz scores on pass from Dick, LHS 3, BLHS 2
Goaltending: Murrell, BLHS - 11 saves; Burton, LHS - 10 saves
--Thursday was the second time this year that the Bobcats lost their first game after being ranked fourth in class 1-4A by the Kansas Coaches Association. The first was a 3-2 loss to Mill Valley on Sept. 20 that temporarily dropped them from the rankings.
--Knipp's two goals gave him 25 for the season, the most he has ever scored in one year. The BLHS senior is leading the Kansas City metro area in goals, according to Kansas Youth Soccer Net, www.youthsoccernet.com/Kansas_City_Soccer_Net
--Mill Valley, at 6-0-1 in the league, clinched the Kaw Valley League title with a victory over Piper last week. The Bobcats, at 4-1-1, are still fighting for second with Lansing, among other teams. Thursday's game won't hurt the Bobcats in the league standings, because the KVL only counts the two schools' first meeting of the season.