Bobcats net first soccer victory
Basehor-Linwood soccer player Symon Seaton battled defenders all game Tuesday against Atchison.
He tight-roped against a stingy Atchison defense, which kept a line of defenders lined up to pull him offsides when he was anticipating a pass.
With the ball, Seaton dribbled through and around defenders, passed to teammates and attempted shots on goal.
Seaton’s hard work resulted in a goal with 4:30 left in the second half.
On the play, Seaton dribbled past an Atchison defender and placed the ball into the lower corner of the goal.
Basehor-Linwood led 2-0. The goal clinched the game that had been a struggle most of the way.
BLHS goalie Ryan Lawless recorded the shutout.
Lawless was all over the net, including a pivotal diving save in the second half that kept the score 1-0. On another play, he batted a ball away that was headed toward the goal.
Continually throughout the game, the second-year starting goalkeeper was a focal point in a defense that repeatedly blocked Atchison’s attempts to score.
“Ryan did a good job of being where he was supposed to be at the right time,” coach Jaclyn Naster said. “He stepped out when he needed to and controlled the ball very well with his feet.”
Lawless said he felt good throughout the game, and he credited his defenders with helping the Bobcats achieve the shutout.
“We have got a couple of fast defenders. Destry Bryan is our sweeper and does a good job of getting back and helping us out,” Lawless said. “I know he is going to be there for me.”
BLHS also benefitted from Lawless’ experience in the goal at the varsity level.
“I feel like I know the game more this year than last year,” he said.
Overall, Naster said she was pleased with their performance.
“We had good teamwork, were intense and never let down,” Naster said to her team after the game. “We never rolled over and we never gave up. I am proud of all of you. This is the beginning of a good season.”
Basehor-Linwood scored midway through the first period on a Cameron Harvey goal.
“All of our offensive players had a lot of opportunities to score and I am glad that we capitalized on the ones that we did,” Naster said. “We have to keep it up and never let down.”
The win improves Basehor-Linwood’s record to 1-1 on the season. The Bobcats lost the season-opener to De Soto, 3-0, on Friday. Following the loss, the BLHS coaches identified a couple areas to improve upon.
Basehor-Linwood plays at Tonganoxie today. The Chieftains were shut out by Bonner Springs on Tuesday in their season-opener.
Junior varsity scores
The Basehor-Linwood junior varsity soccer team defeated Atchison 8-1 on Tuesday. The victory followed a 2-2 tie against De Soto in the season-opener.