Archive for Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bravettes shut out Bobcats, 4-0

April 23, 2009

The young Bonner Springs girls soccer program is growing stronger by the game.

The program, in just its third year, has caught fire as of late. The team that struggled to score goals at all last season now is piling them up quickly.

That’s been the case during the Bravettes’ last two outings. They handed Tonganoxie a 4-0 defeat on Monday and then returned to the pitch Tuesday to pounce on Basehor-Linwood, 3-0.

The latest contest pitted two programs going in different directions. BSHS has been scoring goals at a rapid-fire pace. Meanwhile, Basehor-Linwood has had trouble finding the net this season.

With the win, Bonner Springs improved to 4-4 on the season and possesses a .500 record. The team has eclipsed its win total from last season.

“It felt great to get a win; the girls are at .500 now,” BSHS coach Mike Moulin said. “They have doubled their win total from last season.”

The game was decided by penalty kicks.

Early in the second period, a Basehor-Linwood player dribbled past the defender and was tripped up. A penalty kick was called. The attempt rolled directly to the goalie.

Off the attempt, Bonner Springs’ Amber Barnes pushed the ball up the field and a penalty kick was called. Barnes promptly scored on the attempt, and the Bravettes took control of the game.

The score gave Bonner Springs a 2-0 lead — adding to the one Alex Argundo scored in the 19th minute — and changed the game’s momentum. Bonner Springs players continued forcing pressure, playing with the ball in Basehor-Linwood territory.

Basehor-Linwood never mustered much offense in the game.

Krystal Stanton scored the Bravettes’ final goal.

“I honestly could not believe it,” she said. “I really thought the goalie had that one.”

The score was Stanton’s first goal in her career.

While Bonner Springs soccer players celebrated, Basehor-Linwood players went another game without scoring a goal. The team was shut out 8-0 by Kansas City Christian in one game and lost 4-0 to Piper in another game last week.

The game hinged on that penalty kick, BLHS coach Jaclyn Naster said.

“I think PK might be what propels us, and when that didn’t happen, I think that hurt us,” she said. “It was an aggressive game and is always an aggressive game when we play Bonner Springs.”

Basehor-Linwood trailed 1-0 at halftime, and goalkeeper Carol Smith made numerous saves to keep the game close.

While her team trailed at halftime, Naster said she was pleased with the performance.

“I thought they played a really great first half, probably the best first half they have played all year,” she said.

Basehor-Linwood, 1-5, played Harmon on Wednesday. The Bobcats play Maranatha today. BSHS plays at Wyandotte today.

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