Archive for Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bobcat soccer players earn All-Kaw Valley League honors

November 19, 2009

Basehor-Linwood soccer players were rewarded for the team’s improved play on the field this season as seven players received All-Kaw Valley League honors.

Cory Stephens was a first-team player on defense.

“He had a tremendous season,” coach Jaclyn Naster said. “He is one of the hardest workers I have ever coached. He has great foot skills, and he could take the ball away or keep the ball from almost any player we went up against. “

Stephens played pivotal roles in the team’s offense and defense.

“He plays stopper and has become the pillar of our team,” Naster said. “He is our first line of offense and our first line of defense. Not to mention, he is extremely coachable, and just an all around good kid.”

In addition, three players were named to the second team: Beau Himpel, Symon Seaton and Ryan Lawless.

A dangerous scorer and precise passer, Himpel was a second-team selection at forward after scoring 14 goals with 12 assists.

“He had a great senior season and probably has the best touch with the ball on the team and is dynamic at creating plays,” Naster said.

Seaton also was a second-team pick, finishing the year with nine goals and one assist. He was known for his intensity on the field.

Seaton switched between forward and midfielder throughout the season and was always able to make the necessary adjustments between possessions.

Lawless also was a second-team selection as a goalkeeper. He recorded five shutouts and recorded nearly 170 saves.

“He became the true quarterback of our team this year, directing players from the back and making huge defensive plays,” Naster said. “He will be greatly missed next year.”

BLHS also had three honorable mention selections: Patrick Rutherford, Dakota Foster and Destry Bryan.

Rutherford was recognized as a forward after scoring a team-high 15 goals to go with two assists.

He had a productive season in spite of missing time because of an injury.

“He came back strong and helped us finish out the season,” Naster said. “We look forward to seeing what he brings to the team as a senior next year.”

Foster was an honorable mention selection as a midfielder.

“He really stepped up his game this year and has become an intricate member of the team,” Naster said. “It is nice to know he will be around for a few more years.”

Bryan also was an honorable mention selection on defense. He served as the last line of defense in front of Lawless, and he was a vocal leader for the Bobcats.

“Destry’s touch and speed is what makes him such a great sweeper,” Naster said. “He isn’t the loudest guy on the field, but he makes sure to talk to his defense when it is necessary. He didn’t want to play sweeper this year, but he did such a darn good job, we didn’t want to move him.”

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