Crawford’s late goal lifts BSHS past Basehor-Linwood, 1-0
Like any good rivalry game, the girls soccer showdown between Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs on Tuesday at BLHS featured a little bit of everything.
Prime scoring opportunities snuffed out by tough defense? Check.
Hard tackles? Check.
Both goalkeepers leaving the game with injuries after collisions? Check.
A close game that went down to the wire? Check.
The game had it all, and Bonner Springs came out on top with a 1-0 victory thanks to a late goal by Chelsea Crawford.
“We had a lot of opportunities, and I felt one time maybe we could sneak it in there and Chelsea did,” BSHS coach Mike Moulin said. “She made a good decision.”
Crawford’s game-winner came after nearly 70 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Basehor-Linwood dominated the first half. The Bobcats created numerous scoring opportunities — many of them from close range. In fact, they put the ball in the back of the net less than four minutes into the game off of a flip throw-in by Melissa Seaman, but it was waved off.
Hannah Kenton and Kara Stephens each put multiple shots on target during the half but were unable to score.
Bonner Springs had minimal scoring chances during the first half thanks in part to a stout effort by the BLHS back line of Lauren Klem, Lindsay Baxter, Ashlee Richardson and Seaman. One of the Bravettes’ best chances came in the 22nd minute during a scramble in the box. In an attempt to clear the ball, Seaman collided with BLHS goalkeeper Carol Smith in midair.
Smith left the game, but Ellen Farris — a usual field player with some goalkeeping experience last year — stepped in and thwarted multiple BSHS attacks.
Basehor-Linwood put together one of its best scoring chances of the half in the 34th minute when Angie Ocampo stole the ball and passed it ahead to Jamie McAfoos. McAfoos and Samantha Rutherford worked a nice give-and-go, but the BSHS defense cleared the ball at the last second and the game remained scoreless at halftime.
After weathering the first half, Bonner Springs turned up the intensity in the second half.
“We’re a second half team,” Moulin said. “I don’t know what’s wrong with these girls. They come out flat in the first half, as you can see, and the second half’s totally different. It’s been that way all year.”
The Bravettes were much more aggressive on the offensive end during the second half, but at the midway point they still hadn’t put the ball in the net. The best chance up to that point came on a direct kick by Alex Argundo that Farris corralled.
A steal by Yessenia Hernandez led to another prime opportunity for BSHS in the 64th minute. She dribbled down the right sideline and fired a pass to Tessa Seaton at the top of the 18-yard box. Seaton weaved through the defense. Farris deflected a shot from point-blank range off the crossbar.
The Bravettes finally broke through in the 69th minute when Crawford came up with the ball after the BLHS defense passed the ball in front of the goal. Crawford shook off a defender and fired a low shot inside the far post.
The Bobcats tried to rally in the closing minutes. Their best chance came with an open net, but a shot rolled just wide to the left. Then, with one minute to go Ocampo received a long pass and dribbled toward the goal, but Hernandez — now playing in the BSHS goal — pounced on the ball and helped preserve the victory.
BLHS coach Jaclyn Naster lamented the missed opportunities to score early and late.
“There’s a force field in front of the goal,” Naster joked. “We talked afterward, and I said, ‘We had beautiful opportunities, we had tremendous opportunities, but we didn’t capitalize on them.’ We talked about composure, and in a 1-0 game with five minutes left, it takes tremendous composure to score a goal — even on an open net — because you’re so nervous. We need to work on being calm and being able to take that breath and say, ‘Just put it in the back of the net.’ It doesn’t have to be brilliant, it just has to be a goal.”
For Basehor-Linwood, the loss was their second straight by shutout. They also lost to Kansas City Christian, 4-0, on Monday at home. The Bobcats (2-4-1) next play at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Maranatha Academy and then play at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at Lansing.
Bonner Springs snapped a four-game winless stretch that included a 10-0 loss to Class 5-1A top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday, April 15, and a 1-1 tie Monday at Tonganoxie. The Bravettes (3-5-1) next play at 6 p.m. Friday at home against Bishop Miege and then at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Piper.