BSHS closes out regular season with lopsided loss to Mill Valley
After a 16-game regular season, the Bonner Springs High School girls soccer team’s work is done.
The Braves compiled a 6-9-1 record, and now they await their fate in the Class 4A regional playoffs when the brackets are announced Saturday.
BSHS coach Mike Moulin isn’t worried about where his team is seeded or who it will play. He simply hopes a difficult schedule will have prepared the Braves sufficiently for whoever they play.
“You know what, I can go in (with the) No. 1 (seed) and come out crummy,” Moulin said. “Look at (Mill Valley coach) Arlan (Vomhof); he went in No. 1 last year and he ended up with St. James and Miege in their bracket. It’s up to the big guy upstairs. It’s the luck of the draw.”
The Braves enter postseason play battle-tested, but they also have struggled recently to finish scoring opportunities. After falling 5-0 to Spring Hill on Thursday, May 5, they battled to a scoreless draw Monday against De Soto and then lost 8-0 to Mill Valley on Tuesday at David Jaynes Stadium.
Unlike the De Soto game where the Braves had numerous scoring opportunities that they failed to capitalize on, chances were limited against Mill Valley.
The undefeated Jaguars wasted no time making sure BSHS wouldn’t be a road block in their quest for an unblemished Kaw Valley League championship.
They scored twice in the first two minutes and never looked back.
Senior Kaitlyn Butko punched home a goal in the second minute, and sophomore Carlie Howe scored barely 30 seconds later to give the Jaguars a quick 2-0 lead.
Mill Valley remained on the attack the rest of the half, dominating possession and unleashing a barrage of shots — many that sailed just wide of the net.
Sophomore Kayla Hamner wheeled and blasted a shot just under the crossbar for a 3-0 lead in the 19th minute.
Butko tacked on two more goals before halftime.
Mill Valley led 5-0 at halftime, and the lead grew quickly in the second half.
Freshman Michaela Remijio buried a goal in the 43rd minute and extended the Jaguars’ lead to 6-0.
Five minutes later, MVHS scored another goal off of a beautiful assist from Hamner. After stealing the ball in the Braves’ end of the field, Hamner weaved through the defense and fired a low cross that hit sophomore Mackenzie Conklin in stride for the easy tap-in.
Freshman Hannah Billings scored Mill Valley’s final goal.
“They’ve got some good young players,” Moulin said of the Jaguars. “We knew coming in that they had a lot of club players, and it’s nice to have club players.
“I think the girls did some nice things, but the one thing we lacked was a complete 80 minutes of soccer.”
The Braves continue to search for a consistent distributor since losing Mikayla Burgoon to a knee injury two weeks ago. She was the centerpiece to an offensive attack that features scoring threats Bailey Hightower, Alexis Clark and the speedy Yessenia Hernandez.