Crawford, Clark power BSHS past rival Basehor-Linwood
Bonner Springs was in control from start to finish in its girls soccer game against Basehor-Linwood Tuesday night at BSHS, but the Braves’ domination of possession didn’t lead to a lopsided score.
The Braves had dozens of opportunities to score, but Basehor-Linwood’s stout defense kept them at bay most of the evening. Still, Bonner Springs claimed a 2-0 victory.
Basehor-Linwood played into the wind during the first half, and that made it difficult for the Bobcats to clear the ball from their defensive end. Adding to their troubles was the fact that Bonner Springs relentlessly attacked and kept constant pressure on the Bobcats.
The Braves fired shot after shot, but it took more than 30 minutes before they finally found the back of the net.
Chelsea Crawford received the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and tapped a shot past BLHS goalkeeper Ellen Farris who was charging toward her. Crawford’s shot rolled into the net and gave Bonner Springs a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute.
The score remained unchanged until late in the second half. Basehor-Linwood generated a handful of attacks in the second half, and its best opportunity came in the 60th minute when Kara Stephens unleashed a shot from 15 yards out that was corralled by BSHS goalkeeper Jessie Duckworth.
Although the Bobcats stayed in striking distance of Bonner Springs throughout, the Braves finally iced the victory in the 77th minute when Alexis Clark received a well-placed through ball from Yessenia Hernandez and knocked home a goal for a 2-0 lead.
Bonner Springs (4-4) was back in action Wednesday at Bishop Miege. Results were unavailable at press time. The Braves play again Tuesday at Piper.
Basehor-Linwood (1-7) was shut out for the third straight game and for the sixth time this season. The Bobcats next play Tuesday at home against Lansing.
PIPER, KCC SHUT OUT BLHS
Basehor-Linwood struggled to find the net Monday during its road game at Kansas City Christian as the Bobcats lost 4-0.
Prior to that game, the Bobcats were shut out by Piper 3-0 on Friday at BLHS. The Pirates had defeated the Bobcats 10-0 two weeks earlier when Becca Ferguson led PHS with a five-goal performance. She was held to one in the rematch.