Basehor-Linwood soccer learning under new coach
Basehor-Linwood soccer players have pretty basic goals this season under first-year coach Derek Mazetis.
“Our team goals this season are to improve and progress a little each day,” Mazetis said. “Ultimately, we would like to have better record than last year.”
The Bobcats set the benchmark from which to build in the first two games of the season last week.
In the season opener, Blue Valley Southwest defeated Basehor-Linwood 10-0.
“We were outmanned against a team with way more experience and know-how,” Mazetis said. “We did some good things, but it is really tough to gauge ourselves in the first game of the season against a team like that.”
A couple days later, the team showed signs of improvement despite losing to De Soto, 2-0.
“We looked a lot better and a lot more competitive,” Mazetis said. “The game was back and forth for much of the game.”
De Soto took the lead midway through the first half.
The Wildcats scored again on a penalty kick with five minutes left in the game. While Basehor-Linwood didn’t score, the Bobcats’ defense kept them in the game.
“Our defense held strong behind Melissa Seaman in her first game back from ACL surgery,” Mazetis said. “Ellen Farris has been in goal for both games and has held her own pretty well.”
The Bobcats are learning Mazetis’ system and style this season, running a 4-4-2 formation.
“Personnel always will dictate what you will run, but once again time will tell how the girls grasp what I am asking them to do,” he said. “I am looking forward to a terrific season. We had a couple of tough games to start the season, but once we figure things out as far as our roles on the field, I think we will see this team begin to flourish.”
The team’s top returners this season are Kara Stephens who brings athleticism and speed. In addition, Sam Rutherford is a very athletic and versatile player that will see time at just about every position on the field.
Seaman also returns and is expected to lead the team’s defense. Farris will play goalie for the Bobcats.
“She is steadily improving and I think will be integral to our success,” Mazetis said.
While the Bobcats lost a lot of seniors last season, Mazetis said he is interested in how his new team will come together.
“We lost a lot of seniors from last year’s team, but I don’t really know what kind of impact that is since I wasn’t here,” he said.
Mazetis is new to the program and said key to success will be how quickly the Bobcats can learn a new system and adapt.
“We lost a lot of time in the preseason due to spring break, so we have some catching up to do so much of learning will come from game experience,” Mazetis said.
Basehor-Linwood played Cair-Paravel on Monday and earned a 3-1 victory. The Bobcats are back in action at 6 p.m. today at Piper.