Rutherford’s hat trick powers BLHS past Maur Hill
Patrick Rutherford chipped in three goals in leading the Basehor-Linwood boys soccer team Monday to a 6-0 victory over Maur Hill.
In addition, Beau Himpel scored two goals and Symon Seaton tapped in another.
Despite the final score, Basehor-Linwood missed several opportunities in the first half and led just 2-0 at intermission, coach Jaclyn Naster said.
In the second half, the Bobcats capitalized on more opportunities, scoring four goals to ice the game. Though the Bobcats won, Naster said her team was capable of playing better soccer.
“It was not our best played game of the year,” Naster said. “We struggled to finish in the first half. The second half was much better.”
She also credited Maur Hill with playing well in spite of trailing throughout.
“Maur Hill put up a fight,” she said. “They never gave up and continued to pressure us the whole game.”
Maur Hill did little against Basehor-Linwood’s defense. Basehor-Linwood goalkeeper Ryan Lawless completed a shutout. In front of him, BLHS played superb defense, which Naster said she has grown to rely on this season.
“I have a lot of faith in our defense,” Naster said. “Destry Bryan, Cory Stephens, Ian Smith and Gabe Vlasic are very solid in the back, not to mention our phenomenal keeper, Ryan Lawless.”
Defender Marcus Box received a rare start for the Bobcats and made the most of it.
The win should give the Bobcats a boost entering today’s game against Bonner Springs.
“It was a good win after last week,” she said. “I believe this game gave us some confidence for Bonner Springs. I am looking forward to Bonner Springs on Thursday and a successful postseason.”