Archive for Thursday, September 23, 2010

Seaton, Rutherford help Bobcats overcome struggles against Sabres

September 23, 2010

A sluggish performance still resulted in a victory for the Basehor-Linwood boys soccer team as it beat Sumner Academy, 2-0, on Monday at home.

The Bobcats received an early spark from Symon Seaton when he scored off of a first-half corner kick for a 1-0 lead.

“It was definitely a boost, but the whole game was a little flat,” coach Austin Knipp said. “We didn’t get into a rhythm very well.”

BLHS missed out on numerous scoring opportunities.

The Bobcats had good ideas on offense, but didn’t always execute them effectively. They attempted four or five corner kicks, but only converted on one.

“We just weren’t connecting on them,” he said. “We worked hard, though.”

On defense, the Bobcats didn’t allow Sumner Academy to score.

Basehor-Linwood defenders performed well enough to keep the Sabres off the board and preserve the one-goal lead.

The score remained 1-0 until Patrick Rutherford hit a goal with less than 10 seconds to play in the game.

Seaton set up the play with a throw-in and Rutherford used a header to redirect the ball into the net.

Overall, Knipp said he is pleased the team was able to get a victory.

“Yeah, it feels good. I wasn’t happy about it, though. I felt a lot of things could be better,” he said.

This game was the team’s fourth of the season, and Knipp said rainouts and postponements have made it difficult for the Bobcats to find a rhythm this season. Other teams have already played seven games, and Knipp said his squad’s performance should continue to improve as more games are played.

Basehor-Linwood (3-1) was back in action Wednesday at Mill Valley. Results were unavailable at press time. The Bobcats next play at 6 p.m. Monday at home against Piper.

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