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Basehor-Linwood soccer squad posts pair of shutout victories, stays alive in regional playoffs

May 21, 2009

Hannah Kenton, Ellen Farris and the rest of their Basehor-Linwood teammates aren’t done playing yet.

The two Bobcats soccer players have each scored goals in the last two games, and have the soccer team relishing the spoiler role and looking to become a Cinderella story in this year’s Class 5A-1A girls soccer playoffs.

The Bobcats entered the postseason with a 2-13 record, but they’ve rattled off two straight victories.

BLHS defeated Schlagle, 6-0, in a play-in game on Monday to begin the playoff run.

“I am glad we won,” coach Jaclyn Naster said. “It wasn’t the best game we had played, but I believe it gave our girls a boost of confidence and showed them that they have the ability to score. I think it helped us against Harmon (Tuesday).”

Sheridian Miles, Lindsay Baxter, Melissa Seaman, Farris, Kenton and Brittany Randall scored goals in the game against Schlagle.

With the win, Basehor-Linwood advanced to play Harmon in the next round. The Bobcats’ solid play continued with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday afternoon.

Again, Kenton and Farris scored goals in the game, showing an ability to finish for the Bobcats. Finishing goals is something the team has struggled with this season.

In addition to scoring, Basehor-Linwood also has improved its defense during postseason play.

Carol Smith played goalie in the games and defense has been critical for the Bobcats, who have outscored opponents 8-0 thus far in postseason play.

“Our defense was good against Schlagle and it was stellar against Harmon,” Naster said. “Defense will be key against Desoto on Thursday.”

De Soto, 10-5-1, will play host to the Bobcats at 6 p.m. Thursday in the regional semifinals.

Naster said she thought the team’s recent success could play a factor against De Soto.

“I think the victory against Harmon will also help our confidence when we play De Soto on Thursday,” Naster said.

The winner of the game will play at St. Thomas Aquinas (15-2) or Bonner Springs (9-8) at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the regional finals.

Regardless of the outcome of future games or how far the program advances, Naster said the postseason victories should help the team next season.

“Hopefully, the girls will remember the feeling they have right now and use that to motivate them next year,” Naster said.


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