Lady ‘Cats turn in top season
Arguably the best season in Basehor-Linwood High School girls soccer history continued a trend of success since coach Kevin Vincent took the helm.
A 4-0 loss to De Soto early in the postseason, did nothing to damper the enthusiasm surrounding the program.
"8-7-1 was the best record the Lady 'Cats soccer team has ever accomplished,so the season was a definite success," Vincent said.We are at the point in our program where we want to improve each year and we did that this year.
"We set the goal of winning a regional game, which we fell short of but we look to build on that next year.s a team, we made drastic strides in a positive direction that records won't totally show.e played better as a team and our passing improved greatly."
Vincent didn't envision the end of the season coming in the fashion in which it arrived.
"We knew we had a tough opponent after losing to them earlier in the season, but to end the season with a shutout loss makes for a hard conclusion," Vincent said.When you go out knowing you played the best you could and left it all out on the field as a team, you can accept that.osing 4-0 and not hitting on all cylinders didn't sit well with the girls.e Soto was the better team that night, but not 4-0 better."
Vincent is looking for another improvement next year.
"With nine of 11 starters returning, we should be able to improve on our record
this year," Vincent said.We have more girls playing soccer beyond the high school season, which will only lead to improved play next year.f we can make as big of strides from now to next season as we made previously, we should be able to make some noise in the KVL."
The team will sustain some key losses, however.
"We lose four seniors, two of which were starters," Vincent said.We lose our anchor in the defense and co-captain, Shae Sawalich, who will continue her soccer career at Johnson County CC next year.e also lose Lindsey Kraemer, who was a forward and did a great job of creating opportunities for the team, as well as Emily McAfoos, who was a co-captain and leader of the team.he played midfield and was crucial in keeping the positive atmosphere of the team going."
Vincent will focus on the defense in the off-season.
"I believe that our defense is going to be key next year," Vincent said. "They got better and better as the season went on this year and we look for them to improve even more next season."
What are realistic goals and expectations for the coach next year?
"We hope to build on the groundwork that was set this season," Vincent said.We would like to improve on the 8-7-1 record from this season and make a run in the post season."