Ocampo boosts Bobcats past Ottawa
The corner kick finally clicked for the Basehor-Linwood soccer team.
Leading 1-0 in the second period against Ottawa on Thursday, April 29, Basehor’s Samantha Rutherford lofted a corner kick that connected perfectly with teammate Angie Ocampo, who redirected the ball with a header to Kara Stephens. Then Stephens collected the ball and punched it into the net for a goal.
After a season of trying, the Bobcats finally scored off of the set piece and used it to preserve a 2-0 victory.
“I was really happy we scored off a corner kick,” coach Jaclyn Naster said. “We have been working hard on that all year and it finally happened.”
Prior to her assist, Ocampo scored the Bobcats’ first goal during the first half that ultimately proved to be the game-winner.
Naster was pleased with the offensive improvement, but she also praised her team’s defense. The Bobcats again played without injured starting goalkeeper Carol Smith, but Ellen Farris stepped in and earned the shutout.
“We didn’t play great, but we will take the win,” Naster said. “We needed a little confidence boost.”
The victory improved the Bobcats’ record to 3-5-1.
“We have already won more regular season games this year, with six games left to play, than we won all last year,” Naster said. “It is a good feeling.”
LANSING DEFEATS BLHS
Basehor-Linwood’s victory over Ottawa helped the team rebound from a 4-0 loss to Lansing.
“It was not our best game but Lansing is probably the best team we have played against,” Naster said.
The team also was playing without Carol Smith who missed the game at goalie and another player who was sick and missed the game. Essentially playing two players short in the regular rotation, Basehor-Linwood tired at the end of the game.
Naster said defense was a positive for the team. The players were constantly forced to try to stop Lansing’s players on offense as the team failed to muster much of a counterattack.
“Our defense played great, considering they got pounded on the whole game,” she said. “They are solid and worked very well together. Playing at Lansing is always tough and they consistently have a good program. In the past, I think this was a game that could have gotten out of hand, but we held our composure and played hard until the end.”