Bobcats victorious in Knipp’s coaching debut
Austin Knipp felt a sense of relief following Basehor-Linwood’s 1-0 victory against De Soto on Friday night.
He’d been waiting for the game the last few weeks and said his anticipation grew as the game approached.
Patrick Rutherford and the rest of the Basehor-Linwood soccer team helped give Knipp a victory in his debut as the Bobcats’ coach, winning a road game against an evenly matched team.
Rutherford scored the game’s only goal in the 22nd minute of the first half. Symon Seaton provided the assist. Off the pass, Rutherford took a couple dribbles and kicked the ball into the upper left corner.
The goal was the difference in the game that proved to be a defensive battle. On offense, Basehor-Linwood struggled for the majority of the game with De Soto’s speed on defense. The Wildcats played tough defense, and while Bobcats had other chances to score, they could not convert those opportunities.
On defense, Basehor-Linwood stopped De Soto from scoring. Russell Clark played goalie and made critical saves throughout the game.
“He had a great game all-around,” Knipp said. “Everyone did a good job. They worked their tails off the entire game.”
De Soto had chances to score in the second half, but Basehor-Linwood’s defenders stopped them from scoring. The group of defenders included Destry Bryan, Cory Stephens, Trent Smith, Zach Swalley and Caleb Wilson.
The Bobcats also enjoyed playing a game after a week and a half of practice.
“I had a sense they were nervous before the game, but more anxious than anything,” Knipp said. “I think they were excited to get on the field and actually play someone.”
The season-opening win helps players focus on practice and prepare for the next game.
“Oh yeah, they are excited, but it is still one game at a time,” Knipp said.
Basehor-Linwood plays Tonganoxie on Thursday.
“Everyone is happy I think,” Knipp said. “It is just a good night and a good way to finish to the week.”
The junior varsity team won 2-1.
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