Knipp Ties State’s Goal-Scoring Record
BLHS senior Austin Knipp nets 96th goal of his career Thursday night
A pickup game Thursday night between eight youths outside of the Basehor-Linwood High School soccer field told the whole story.
After flipping what appeared to be another goal between a couple of empty soda bottles one young girl celebrated with the following words: "Austin Knipp scores another goal."
Moments earlier, inside the fence, the young girl's broadcast was accurate.
With 18:12 to play in the first half of Basehor-Linwood's final regular season game of the season, senior Austin Knipp scored the 96th goal of his career to move into a tie on the state's all-time high school goal-scoring list.
Knipp's record-tying goal came after one of his teammates was fouled in the Bonner Springs box. Once the official signaled for the penalty kick, all eyes turned to Knipp.
As he approached the ball at the spot of the PK, Knipp looked as cool, calm and collected as he had for his previous 95 goals.
The whistle blew, Knipp slowly approached the ball and fired it into the lower lefthand corner of the net, past the dive of Bonner Springs goalkeeper Ethan Isaacs.
The shot never got more the six inches off the ground and was struck with medium pace. For a player who never rushes things and has made a career of letting opportunities come to him - and then capitalizing on them - it was a fitting way to tie the record.
The BLHS faithful went nuts. Knipp's teammates rushed their senior leader one-by-one to congratulate him. Even the referee attempted to stop play before the Bonner Springs kickoff to give Knipp the game ball. Knipp declined.
Knipp's milestone brought the Bobcats to within a goal, at 2-1, but was the lone highlight for the Bobcats on a rough night. Bonner Springs defeated Basehor-Linwood, 7-2, to drop the Bobcats to 11-4-1 on the season.
But the night was all about Knipp. Just before the game, Knipp and fellow senior Eric Francis were recognized as a part of the school's Senior Night festivities. During the celebration, Knipp received a trophy from the school, commemorating his place in history as the school's all-time scoring leader - a feat he achieved even before his senior season began.
Knipp has at least one more chance to break the record he now shares with Maranatha Academy's Jon Lemmon. Lemmon, a 2004 graduate of Maranatha, finished his career with 96 goals. Lemmon still owns the state's all-time points record with 231 - one point for every goal scored and two points for every assist.
His brother, Alec, a 2005 graduate of Maranatha, holds the state's assists record with 57.
Knipp and the Bobcats earned the No. 2 seed in the 4A-1A Northeast Kansas bracket and will open postseason play on Tuesday, Oct. 24, when they host the winner of Monday's game between No. 15 Eudora and No. 18 Tonganoxie.
The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Should the Bobcats win that one, they would then host the winner of the De Soto/Maur Hill match-up in the next round on Thursday, Oct. 26.
For continued coverage of Knipp's journey into the record books, stay tuned to www.basehorinfo.com. In addition, more articles will appear in next week's edition of the Sentinel.