Basehor picks up early season victory over Mill Valley
Bobcats get big win over Jaguars and De Soto in first week of year
Even for an ultra-confident Basehor-Linwood boys soccer player, a start this fast may have been hard to predict. The Bobcats opened their season by beating DeSoto on Friday, 3-0, and they kept the momentum going into Monday with a 5-0 win over Mill Valley in Basehor.
"It went fantastic; I wouldn't have dreamed of that in my wildest dreams," Basehor-Linwood Coach Kevin Vincent said. "The guys knew how important this game was. Mill Valley is a team that is always at the top of the league, and we made a statement with this game. The boys felt like they had to beat a quality opponent to make a name for themselves, and they did."
Basehor-Linwood soccer player Nick Stevens scored the team's first goal off of a deflection early in the first half. Stephen Millison scored the next two. The first was on a breakaway where Millison beat the defender and rolled it past the keeper. His next goal was at the end of the first half and sent the Bobcats into halftime with a 3-0 lead.
Ryan Sirridge scored a pair of goals, both early in the second half, to put the game out of Mill Valley's reach. The first goal was a shot from 10 yards out that beat the keeper and the second was a tricky shot from the end line that made its way in.
Vincent kept his starters in most of the game, because he didn't want to allow Mill Valley a chance to rally.
"Mill Valley has some experienced players who have played in big games and players who could score at any time," Vincent said. "Even at 5-0, you can't step back and relax. If they scored, it would have been the motivation to spur a comeback. But I had the utmost confidence in our defense. The defense played extremely well tonight."
The victory also might be a sign that the Bobcats can continue the success that started last season.
"I think that just beating Mill Valley is an accomplishment because of what they stood for, for so long," Vincent said. "To shut them out was an accomplishment that we took very seriously."
Vincent said Basehor players did a nice job of playing defense in the game. They tried to play physical soccer against Mill Valley.
"They are very skilled, so you can't give them space," Vincent said. "Our guys were quick to the ball."
With a 2-0 start to the season, Vincent said he hopes the team continues its strong play this season.
"We still have a long season to go and many quality opponents," he said. "We are going to look at Tonganoxie next, and take it one at a time. We know we will be competitive throughout the season."
The team's fast start might be traced by to their daily summer regimen of lifting and running.
"I tell the guys all the time that there is no substitute for hard work," Vincent said. "Their work is paying huge dividends. They were lifting weights in the summer at 6 a.m. and running, too. That made them better as individual players. They played games together on top of that, which has made us a better team. The hard work is paying off."