BLHS pound Baldwin, improves record to 7-1
The Basehor-Linwood boys soccer team stuck to a common theme on Thursday at home against Baldwin.
That theme — Patrick Rutherford scoring goals — has worked wonders for the Bobcats all season, and this time was no different. Rutherford scored two goals and powered BLHS to a 4-1 victory.
Basehor-Linwood improved to 7-1 overall and is ranked fifth in the Class 4-1A state poll.
While Rutherford ignited the offense, the defense was nearly perfect. Russell Clark guarded the net and for the most part shut down Baldwin. In front of him, Cory Stephens and Destry Bryan led the Bobcats’ defensive efforts.
Yes, aside from a loss to Saint James Academy, Basehor-Linwood has won every game.
For all the good that occurred, coach Austin Knipp preached the importance of staying the course in good times and continuing to improve.
“I haven’t judged the team by record, and I still feel a lot more can be done,” he said of the 7-1 start. “It is nice on paper, and it puts us in good position for regionals, but I am more worried about us as a team getting better every day.”
Thursday was business as usual.
Rutherford scored the first goal of the game during the first half and lifted BLHS to a 1-0 lead at intermission.
In the second half, Symon Seaton scored the second goal of the game on a shot from the corner that hit off the keeper and went into the goal. Later in the period, Rutherford scored another goal.
Trey Conchelo tacked on the final goal.
With the score 4-0, Knipp took the majority of starters out with 15 minutes left. Baldwin scored its only goal with three minutes remaining.
Caleb Michels scored the goal for Baldwin.
While the team wanted a shutout, Knipp said it was a solid performance for his team.
“Overall, the defense was pretty strong,” he said. “We were kind of moving people around when they scored. Other than that, the defense was pretty strong.”
Basehor-Linwood was back in action Wednesday at Bonner Springs (9-0-1). BLHS plays host to Lansing today.
“This is a big week for us,” Knipp said.