Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Basehor soccer team is ranked No.1 in poll

September 19, 2007

As recently as two years ago, the Basehor-Linwood boys soccer team had never been ranked in the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association poll. They are now the number one ranked team in the state.

"It is pretty exciting," coach Kevin Vincent said. "We have had some success, and for your peers and other teams to recognize that is a huge accomplishment. Especially coming from Basehor-Linwood where soccer isn't the most dominant sport. For us to take it to that level is a huge accomplishment."

For the Bobcats, it is good to be king. But the team realizes only one poll this season will truly matter.

"When I first heard about it, I was like 'Yeah that's pretty cool,'" Matthew Murrell said. "But my next thought is that it doesn't matter until we win state and we are ranked number one at end of the year."

Vincent said the only ranking he is concerned with is the last one of the season. But he said the ranking is symbolic.

"It shows how far we have come," Vincent said. "It is definitely something we can gauge progress on. Being unranked to ranked No. 1 in the state is a huge jump, especially with the caliber of teams in the state and the region. It is definitely an honor."

The rankings were tabulated when BLHS stood at 4-0. They have since won two more games, and stand at 6-0.

The program, which began playing in 2000, peaked at number four in the state last year.

Vincent told the team after the ranking were released last week that the goal was to be at the top of the last poll. The coach understands that teams will now be gunning for the Bobcats.

"Anytime you are ranked No. 1 in any poll that puts a giant target on your back," Vincent said. "We have to live up to that target and take everyone's best shot. That target gives everyone extra motivation to beat us."

The Bobcats are followed in the rankings by KC Christian, Hayden, Piper and Maranatha Academy.

The team played Mill Valley on Wednesday and results are available on the Sentinel Web site.

The team also has a big game next Monday against Piper High School. The Bobcats' game against Sumner Academy on Tuesday was postponed because of rain.

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