Basehor-Linwood soccer season ends with loss to Lansing
When it was all said and done, there were no tears, only smiles.
Players were drenched in mud. They had lost a regional championship game to Lansing, 3-0, and couldn’t help but smile at what they had accomplished in the postseason.
The Basehor-Linwood girls soccer team had won its first two games of the Class 5-1A regional playoffs. The Bobcats viewed those wins as a step forward for the program.
On a muddy field, the postseason run came to a close on Thursday at Lansing Middle School.
Lansing won the game, though BLHS coach Jaclyn Naster said she was pleased with how her team competed in defeat.
“Our defense was good, as always,” Naster said. “It is hard to defend when the field is soaking wet and you don’t know if the ball is going to skip or stop.”
Lansing scored an early goal and then struck again off of a corner kick for a 2-0 advantage.
“With their corner kick, they solidified their lead and we never really caught up,” Naster said.
On offense, the Bobcats had more chances to score than they did in the regular-season game against Lansing, but they could not convert any into goals.
The loss ended the team’s season in the regional championship game, which is a pivotal step forward for the young program. The Bobcats had never before competed in a championship game of any sort.
“Being a part of the regional championship game was amazing,” Naster said. “It truly showed how hard the girls worked this season. Because our regional is so diverse, the girls learned that you can have a great season and record, but not advance in regionals. Our record was not a true indicator of our growth and skill, but that record put us in a position to advance in regionals.”
Once the postgame comments had been made, they celebrated.
“There were no tears, only smiles,” Naster said. “Then, they proceeded to slide in the mud for a while. They were so content at the end of the game that it is hard to complain. I had happy girls; a coach can’t ask for much more.”
Basehor-Linwood ended its season with a 7-9-2 record. The loss marked the final game for seniors Carol Smith, Lauren Klem, Elissa Manford, Jamie McAfoos, Angie Ocampo, Christina Self and Lindsay Baxter.