Basehor-Linwood soccer squad battles Harmon to 1-1 tie in opener
Consistency — doing things the same way each day and improving upon the past game or practice — is what Basehor-Linwood girls soccer coach Jaclyn Naster is looking for from her players this season.
If the players do that, then victories will follow.
“I think our ultimate goal is to be competitive,” she said. “We want to be a forceful competitor against every team we play.”
With that edict, the Bobcats have gone to work early in the season with two-a-day practices.
Inclement weather has forced the players indoors for most of the practices, and players have been able to work on passing the ball and conditioning.
“We have worked a lot on touch, passing and movement,” Naster said. “I want the girls to focus on building a play as opposed to always moving forward and trying to score right away. We have worked a lot on dropping the ball and switching fields.”
Naster has an experienced team this year.
Basehor-Linwood lost just three players from last year and practically returns an entire varsity lineup. Returning players appear to be improved from last season.
“We have very strong leadership with seven seniors and we have a lot of skill in the junior class also,” Naster said.
New players understand what the team is hoping to achieve this season. Naster, who is in her second season coaching the Bobcats, said she is enjoying the early practices.
“Kids are always changing and growing, so I have to grow with them,” she said. “Each day, I learn something new about myself, the girls and my job. The only thing that is constant about this job is that it requires flexibility.”
BOBCATS BATTLE TO A TIE
Basehor-Linwood opened the season Tuesday at Harmon, and the Bobcats battled to a 1-1 tie.
Hannah Kenton scored the Bobcats’ lone goal off of an assist from Ellen Farris. The game went through two overtimes, but BLHS was unable to connect for the game-winner.
Naster said the game gave the team something to build on.
“We have worked a lot on dropping the ball and swinging it across the field, which we did very well in the game,” she said. “The wind was a definite factor, but I tried to stress to the girls that you can’t control the weather, so you can’t worry about it. I think we learned a lot from our first game and (we) are working to prepare for our next game on Thursday.”
BLHS plays host to De Soto today.