New Basehor-Linwood coach ready for soccer season to start
Basehor-Linwood coach Jaclyn Naster is in her first season as head coach of the girls soccer program, taking over for Kevin Vincent who stepped down after last season.
Naster takes over with a list of objectives and is pleased with the early season work taking place in practice.
“So far it has gone really well,” Naster said. “The girls have worked really hard, shown a positive attitude and so far it has gone well.”
Naster also has goals for her team to accomplish this season.
One is improving on technical skills. Players have a sound knowledge of soccer, but need to refine game skills.
“A lot of girls have a good sense of the game,” Naster said. “They understand it. We don’t have as much control of the ball and as good of touch as we need.”
BLHS graduated four seniors last year, including Shanna Couch who is playing soccer at The Citadel. The majority of the team, however, is returning.
BLHS has four seniors on the team, and good numbers in the junior, sophomore and freshman classes.
The team’s top returning players are Jenni Cizesuki, Hannah Auman, Elissa Manford, Carol Smith and Lindsay Baxter.
The team also is working on chemistry, establishing accountability early in the year. Naster wants players to understand they will be treated as equals and the players need to show up, work hard and show a commitment to the program.
“And it is working so far; players are buying into the team,” she said. “There is no ‘me’ anymore, only a ‘we.’ There are tough choices, but that is how you make the team better. Everything may not be what you want, but what is best for everybody involved.”
The Bobcats’ season-opener against Harmon, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed because of inclement weather. A make-up date has yet to be set. They now will open the season at 4:30 p.m. today at De Soto.
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