Victory over Perry brings relief to ‘Cats
The bus ride from Perry-Lecompton back to Basehor-Linwood was wet and damp Monday night.
The players’ uniforms were dirty and wet. Players were soaked, but it was the best they had felt after a game in more than a month.
Basehor-Linwood picked up just its second victory of the season on Monday with a 3-2 win over Perry-Lecompton, 8-3-1.
The win gave a needed morale boost for the Bobcats who had not won a game in more than 30 days.
“Definitely, you go through the season and have some bumps in the road, it is nice to reassure ourselves that we are a good team,” coach Kevin Vincent said. “Beating Perry-Lecompton, who was 8-3 on the season, puts the wind back in our sail and gives us hope and optimism going into the postseason.”
The optimism started when Beau Himpel kicked the ball into the net off a corner kick with nine minutes left in the game.
“In the confusion of the defense, we were able to sneak the ball past the keeper,” Vincent said.
With the goal, Basehor-Linwood took the lead in the game and hung on for the win.
“There were a lot of reasons we needed the win, obviously the record, but also to get the confidence back, the players know now that they are a good team, but to go that long (more than a month) without a win can shake a team’s confidence,” Vincent said. “To get a win brings that back.”
Basehor-Linwood player Tanner Bowers scored early in the game, giving the team a 1-0 lead.
Perry Lecompton tied the game a few minutes later. Symon Seaton scored toward the end of the first period and the Bobcats led 2-1 at halftime. Perry-Lecompton scored on a penalty kick midway through the second half, which tied the game.
The victory gives Basehor-Linwood momentum entering its game at 6 p.m. today at Turner. Following the game, Basehor-Linwood has two games scheduled next week against Maur Hill on Tuesday and against Bonner Springs on Thursday.