Formation change sparks rally, but Bobcats fall to Chieftains
Tonganoxie scored two first-half goals against Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday en route to a 2-1 victory.
The goals came in the 12th minute and then in the 35 minute.
At intermission, Basehor-Linwood coach Derek Mazetis made some changes in the way his team aligned on the field. They switched from a 4-4-2 defense to a 4-3-3 defense that was designed to get more players opportunities to touch the ball on offense.
“We put more defenders in attack mode,” he said.
Basehor-Linwood dominated the second half, and had numerous chances to score.
The Bobcats’ best sequence of the half occurred after a field reversal. Jordan Marsh delivered a pass to Ellen Farris who took a dribble and beat the THS goalkeeper for the score.
Back within 2-1, Basehor-Linwood had momentum. The Bobcats continued looking for ways to score the rest of the game but they were unable to gain a tie.
“We won the second half and I felt like we were the better team in that second half,” Mazetis said.
For senior Melissa Seaman, the Bobcats’ play in the second half was a positive they could take away from the game.
“Well, something happened at halftime,” she said. “We pulled it together. I think that we felt better at the end of the game compared to other games because of how we played. Our goal this season is to improve one percent each day, and the fact that we got better tonight made it better.”
Seaman is one of the team’s seniors who will be honored on Senior Night when BLHS plays Bishop Ward at 6 p.m. Friday.
“It is mixed emotions,” she said. “I am excited to move on, but I have developed a real strong chemistry with these girls.”
BLHS EDGES HARMON
For the third time in three nights the Basehor-Linwood girls soccer team took the field in pursuit of victory against Harmon Thursday at BLHS.
The Bobcats’ persistence paid off in the form of a 3-2 double-overtime victory.
BLHS trailed 1-0 before Ellen Farris scored and tied the game.
The Bobcats took the lead 10 minutes later on a goal by Samantha Rutherford, but Harmon tied the game late.
Early in the second overtime, Desiree Ridder sent a cross to Melissa Seaman for the game-winner.