Bobcats take Pirates to the wire before falling, 1-0
In a sense, Tuesday’s loss to Piper High School was a fitting end to a season for the Bobcats who always looked on the cusp of breaking through for a close victory.
Say this for the Basehor-Linwood soccer team this season — it didn’t mind playing close games.
Unfortunately the Bobcats just fell short in most of the games. The team finished the season with a 4-11-2 record and eight of those losses were by one goal.
The final one-goal loss occurred on Tuesday against Piper in the second round of the Class 4A regional playoffs.
With about 19 minutes left in the second period, Piper’s Sean Verbanic dribbled past a Basehor-Linwood defender and fired a shot past goalie Ryan Lawless.
Piper led 1-0.
Basehor-Linwood was now battling both Piper and the game clock, needing a goal to tie the game and two to win.
“Go get it,” BLHS fans shouted.
For the next 20 minutes of play, Basehor and Piper players took shot attempts, but failed to score.
The Bobcats wanted calls from the referee when play got a little physical, but none were granted.
With1:08 left in the game, Tanner Bowers had possession of the soccer ball in the middle of goal box amongst three Piper players. He dribbled past a defender before shooting and rolling to the ground. The shot attempt sailed wide of the goal and was the Bobcats’ last in the game.
With 30 seconds left, Piper students started stomping their feet on the stadium stairs in anticipation of the end. They started a countdown when the clock struck 10 seconds and when it was over, the Bobcats season was complete.
BLHS coach Kevin Vincent praised his team, a No. 11 seed, which nearly knocked off the No. 2 seed in the region.
“Our season was down, but we didn’t fold,” Vincent said to his team. “We came out tonight and played our best soccer when it counted most. I don’t think anyone can walk off this field saying that they didn’t leave it all on the field. We fought the adversity of a losing season and came out and battled to the end.”
There was no score at halftime of the game.
The first half was pretty even between the two schools with both teams attempting shots on goal, but neither was able to convert.
The Bobcats were coming off a 7-0 victory over Immaculata High School in the play-in game. Bowers and Beau Himpel each scored during the first three minutes of that game as the Bobcats cruised to the victory.