Archive for Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BLHS soccer hangs tough, improves in 2-0 loss against Miege

Basehor-Linwood shakes off early goal, shows plenty of fight

October 5, 2011

The Basehor-Linwood boys soccer team was an optimistic group following a 2-0 loss to Bishop Miege on Tuesday at BLHS.

Sure, the Bobcats lost the game, but they never were out of it and never stopped battling against the Stags, one of the top Class 5A programs in the state.

“There is nothing to hang your heads about tonight,” BLHS coach Austin Knipp told his team. “Hopefully, we can ride this into Thursday when we play at Lansing.”

Bishop Miege is a top program with players who are capable of scoring quickly. For most of the game, BLHS stopped Bishop Miege’s offense, though the Bobcats trailed most of the game. Bishop Miege scored less than five minutes into the game and never relinquished the lead.

After that goal, however, the Bobcats stayed on the attack and kept playing hard.

“I was glad the way that we responded,” Knipp said. “I thought that goal might kill us.”

Neither team scored the rest of the half, though, both teams controlled 10-minute segments of play. During one stretch of the first half, the Bobcats placed three shots on goal.

The Stags put the game away with their second goal 15 minutes into the second half after the Bobcats were unable to clear the ball from the box. Basehor-Linwood goalkeeper Russell Clark said he thought that he had a hand on a ball that was kicked away from him by a Bishop Miege player and later into the goal, but the referee didn’t see it that way and the goal was upheld.

Trailing 2-0, BLHS was unable to rally.

When it was over, Clark praised his team’s effort.

“That was the best defense we have played,” he said.

At times, the Bobcats were as gritty as sandpaper. Bishop Miege had scoring opportunities that either missed the target, were deflected by a defender or stopped by a Clark save.

Clark said when Bishop Miege managed to score a goal that the team did a nice job of staying positive and continuing to compete.

“We did good not to drop our heads, and we kept battling right until the end,” Clark said.

It was an effort that Clark hopes the Bobcats (5-5) will carry into their 6:30 p.m. game today at Lansing, as well as on into the postseason.

“If we play like this the rest of the season, we can go a long way,” he said. “I thought we played well in all aspects.”

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