Lansing strikes early, rolls past Basehor-Linwood soccer
Lansing controlled the ball and the tempo against Basehor-Linwood in a 6-1 victory Tuesday at BLHS.
The Lions took the lead early with a goal in the sixth minute.
The goal set the tone for the game, with Lansing having possession of the ball in Basehor-Linwood territory the majority of it.
The Lions scored again in the 25th minute. BLHS goalkeeper Amber Garver made a diving save, but Lansing scored off the deflection.
The Lions scored again 10 minutes later for a 3-0 lead.
Despite the three-goal deficit at halftime, BLHS coach Derek Mazetis said he thought his team was within striking distance. The Bobcats just needed to get a goal or two early in the second half to build momentum.
They also needed to eliminate breakdowns on defense.
Unfortunately for BLHS, the breakdowns continued and it was Lansing that scored early in the second half.
The Lions stored two goals in the first 90 seconds of the second half and gained full control of the game.
“At halftime we talked about the first 10 minutes being really important, and we gave up two goals in the first minute and a half,” he said. “That really sealed the game.”
Trailing 5-0, Basehor-Linwood continued to battle, scoring its only goal in the 52nd minute. Melissa Seaman fired a freekick and Danielle Ridder scored off of a deflection.
Lansing added another goal later in the half.
While the Bobcats gave up some goals, Garver made numerous nice saves. The freshman made multiple diving stops.
The Lions featured a balanced offense that saw five players score. Jenna Hoing scored twice and Megan Wilcox, April Elkins, Ashley Wilcox and Jen Nye each scored a goal.
Despite the loss, Mazetis said the team made progress.
“Our goal is to improve at least one percent each time we take the field,” he said. “I think we did that tonight in some areas. There are also some things we can take away from this game and do better.”
Basehor-Linwood, 1-8, next plays at 6 p.m. today at Ottawa and then plays host to Mill Valley at 6 p.m. Tuesday.