BLHS soccer season ends with loss to De Soto
De Soto The Basehor-Linwood girls soccer team huddled after the final game of the season on Thursday.
The team had just lost 6-0 to De Soto High School in the semifinals of the Class 5-1A girls soccer tournament.
The Bobcats had won their first two playoff games before falling to the Wildcats and a postseason of progress was complete. The team had just two regular-season wins.
Coach Jaclyn Naster said the scoreboard is a sign the team has progressed.
De Soto had beaten Basehor-Linwood 8-0 during the regular season.
To fully appreciate how much better the team played in regional competition a person needed to watch both games. The first game was never really close. Bobcats didn’t appear to follow the game plan on defense as De Soto scored numerous goals.
In the postseason game, however, BLHS managed to somewhat stymie the Wildcats’ offense in the first half and parts of the second. The Bobcats played a defense that attempted to coax De Soto soccer players offsides through what some call the Bobcats’ trap.
In some instances, though, the Wildcats found ways to score goals.
Danielle Price scored a goal in the fourth minute of play. She ran across the center of the Bobcats’ half of the field near the top of the goal box, received a pass and scored.
DHS scored again with 15 minutes left in the first half as Price scored another goal.
The two goals appeared to put the game out of reach because most of the contest was played in Bobcats’ territory.
Basehor-Linwood did not attempt a shot on goal in the first half.
The Bobcats attempted their first shot in the second half, but could not score. Other shots followed, but none were successful.
De Soto’s Carly Stanley scored a goal seven minutes into the second half, stretching the lead to 3-0.
Throughout the half, the Wildcats peppered shots at BLHS goalkeeper Carol Smith who stopped most of them.
However, the team struggled to clear the ball after a lot of shot attempts, forcing Melissa Seaman and the rest of the Bobcats’ defenders to play tight zone defense.
De Soto tacked on three more goals down the stretch.
Naster said De Soto is a talented team that her players didn’t always manage to keep up with.
“They have a lot of really good players,” she said.
She said her team has to work on improving its offense during the offseason. The Bobcats have to work hard to find more ways to score goals, Naster said.
Still, as the season concluded, Naster spoke about progress and the way her players have improved this season. The defense has improved.
Players have a better understanding of what her expectations are entering next season. A lot of young players gained experience this season.
She said the team played together and is excited about what the team can attempt to accomplish in the future. She also looked ahead toward preparations for next season.
The team will play host to its summer camp from 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 13-16.