Box scores late, but BLJS falls to Bishop Ward
With 12 seconds left in Tuesday's game, Basehor-Linwood's Jonas Box scored from 25 yards out on a shot that whisked past the Bishop Ward goalkeeper and into the net.
The shot caused a cheer on the Basehor-Linwood sideline, but didn't make a difference in the outcome of the game.
Bishop Ward won the game 2-1 after scoring two goals early in the second period, which proved too much to overcome for Basehor-Linwood.
Still, Box's goal was a positive sign for the Bobcats, 1-3-1.
"We didn't quit, and I like to see goals like that," coach Kevin Vincent said.
Players were working until the final whistle of the game. They were able to score, thus avoiding the shutout.
"We can draw on some positives from that," Vincent said.
The score was 0-0 at halftime.
Bishop Ward took control of the game with a goal early in the first half. The Cyclones scored again at the 12-minute mark.
Aside from three goals, the game was a defensive struggle between the two teams.
"I think we played pretty well, but we had a couple of breakdowns," Vincent said.
Basehor-Linwood changed its lineup on defense. Josh Keopke started as the team's outside defender and shut down his opponent, thus doing what Vincent had asked him to do. In addition, Mitch Mallon served as an anchor for the team's defense.
Vincent said the team adjusted the lineup, searching for combinations of players that were productive and capable of scoring.
"Yeah, we tried some different things and switched some things up on offense," he said. "We have to keep going until we find the right combination."
The loss also ended a five-game road trip for Basehor-Linwood. The team opens its home schedule at 6 p.m. Monday against Sumner Academy.
With the game, Basehor-Linwood will open its new soccer stadium that USD458 voters approved during a recent bond election.
Basehor-Linwood will play five of its next six games at home.