Basehor-Linwood soccer stuns previously unbeaten Perry-Lecompton
Beau Himpel scored his second goal of the game against Perry-Lecompton with three seconds left Monday.
Basehor-Linwood led 2-0 and was on its way to victory.
Himpel was ecstatic.
“They aren’t undefeated anymore,” he yelled sprinting up the field and seeking out his fellow teammates. “They aren’t undefeated anymore.”
Indeed, Basehor-Linwood defeated Perry-Lecompton, handing the Kaws their first loss of the season.
“When you play soccer like you know you can play, there is no one that you cannot beat,” coach Jaclyn Naster said to her players after the game.
Himpel said it was a great win for the program.
“This proves that we can beat anyone,” Himpel said. “This is probably the biggest win of the season so far.”
The game was a defensive battle throughout, and the score was 0-0 at the end of the first half. During intermission, Naster told her players a single mistake would likely be the difference in the game.
Early in the second half, Himpel scored the first goal of the game. The goalie defended Basehor-Linwood’s initial shot, and Himpel kicked the deflected ball in for the score.
“What did I say?” Naster rhetorically asked her team on the bench. “One mistake will be the difference in the game.”
Off the restart, though, Perry-Lecompton appeared close to scoring and tying the game. The Kaws took shots on goal immediately, but senior goalkeeper Ryan Lawless made critical saves.
Basehor-Linwood answered with shots of its own, but could not punch the ball in.
Perry-Lecompton also attempted a myriad of shots against Lawless, but each time he made the save and closed in on his fifth shutout of the season.
“He is so good at being a quarterback back there for us and telling us where to line up,” Naster said. “It helps that we have someone like that in goal.”
Himpel iced the game with the aforementioned goal during the final seconds of play.
“It was nice to score a couple goals tonight,” he said. “I haven’t had the best offensive season so far, so it is good to get a couple goals.”
With the victory, Basehor-Linwood improves to 7-5 on the season. Naster said Perry-Lecompton is a talented team and a solid program. She said the victory was nice for her program.
“This game was a battle and enjoyable to watch,” Naster said. “The first goal propelled us in the game. We played an unselfish game; it didn’t matter to us who scored. Yes, it is nice to be having success. The boys put so much into it. We have to play good soccer and not worry about any of the calls, just play good soccer.”