Bobcats beat Immaculata in regional opener
Basehor-Linwood High School soccer players wasted little time scoring against Immaculata on Monday as they buried two goals in the first three minutes of play.
Tanner Bowers scored the first goal a minute into the game. Beau Himpel scored a couple minutes later and the Bobcats were on their way to a 7-0 victory in the opening round of the Class 4-1A regional playoffs.
“We stressed early that we needed to set the tone in the game,” coach Kevin Vincent said. “I think we accomplished that pretty well. It is scary to play a team that hasn’t won a game this season. You just don’t know in the postseason what they are going to come with. When we scored early, it made our path easier. It set the tone we wanted to achieve.”
The Bobcats (4-10-2) scored six first-half goals. Goalkeeper Ryan Lawless played the game’s first 70 minutes and earned the shutout for the Bobcats.
On offense, Himpel and Cory Stephens each scored two goals. Bowers, Symon Seaton and Nathan Smith also scored for the Bobcats.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood advances to play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Piper. The Pirates (12-3) are the No. 2 seed in the tournament and defeated BLHS 1-0 earlier in the season.
“I think Piper has always been a team we play tight no matter what either team’s record is,” Vincent said. “This year, I think, we felt like it was one of the better games played in the regular season. We wanted a chance to get a victory against them. They are the No. 2 seed, we are a No. 11 seed so it would be a big statement to get a victory against them.”
Vincent said he is pleased with how the team is playing late in the year.
“We have been playing much better soccer,” he said. “Everything else is the past now. The cliché of win or go home becomes a reality now. The win (against Immaculata) gives us confidence going into tomorrow night and a tough game against Piper.”