Bobcats fall in 2OT in first game on new field
Basehor-Linwood soccer player Tanner Bowers and his teammates ushered in a new home on Monday.
It was a special night for the Basehor soccer fans who had longed for the team to have its own field.
Balloons were released following introductions of school board members, volunteers and others who helped make the new field a reality.
Coach Kevin Vincent said it felt surreal for the team to have a field of its own.
Unfortunately, a special night ended like so many other matches have this season - with a loss.
BLHS failed to capitalize on enough scoring opportunities, losing 3-2 in double overtime to Sumner Academy.
Sumner's Medbor Chavez, who had battled for the ball throughout the game, drew a penalty kick in the second overtime on a Basehor penalty.
He stepped to the line, dribbled a step to his left and then fired the ball into the right side of the goal for the victory.
BLHS coaches and players expressed disappointment at the aforementioned penalty kick call after so many plays and questionable tackles had been allowed throughout the game.
As the Sabres celebrated the victory, the Bobcats trailed off toward the sideline.
"We just get this close," Bowers said holding his thumb and index finger less than six inches apart. "We are right there. It is just a matter of a play going our way. After the record-setting teams I have been on the last two years it has been frustrating, but we are all getting better each game and everybody is working hard."
The Bobcats were close to picking up a victory on Monday, but couldn't capitalize on scoring opportunities. They took numerous shots on goal in the first period but couldn't find the net. They controlled the momentum early on.
Sumner didn't take as many shots, but scored in the 17th minute on a Chavez goal. He received the assist from Christian Smith on the play.
The score was 1-0 at halftime.
Smith scored a goal of his own 14 minutes into the second half, giving Sumner Academy a 2-0 lead.
Following the second goal, Basehor played better soccer.
Bowers scored the team's first goal on a free kick in the 21st minute.
The two teams exchanged shot attempts over the next 10 minutes before Basehor tied the score with 11 minutes left in the period. Devin Ridder tied the game.
Neither team scored the rest of the period though both teams had opportunities to score what would have been the deciding goal.
"Compared to the first half, the second half was much more intense," BLHS coach Kevin Vincent said. "We found our groove a little bit and it showed as the half went on."
With the score 2-2 entering overtime, Basehor-Linwood players took more than 10 shot attempts in the first overtime but could not finish. Sumner Academy goalie Lucas Behrens fended off a peppering of shots in the period to keep the score tied.
In the second overtime, Basehor was whistled for a penalty in the box, which set up the game-winning penalty kick.
"It is a tough loss," Vincent said. "We battled back from a 2-0 deficit and showed a lot of determination. You hate for it to end like that."
Basehor-Linwood traveled to Mill Valley on Wednesday, but results were unavailable at press time. Log on to basehorinfo.com for a recap of the game.