BLHS soccer crushes Perry, falls to St. James
Basehor-Linwood soccer players experienced the good and bad of a scoring run during two games in a 48-hour period this week.
Bolstered by a hat trick from senior Trey Kincheloe, the Bobcats defeated Perry Lecompton, 9-2, on Monday, but then lost to St. James Academy, 6-1, Tuesday night.
Against, Perry-Lecompton, Basehor-Linwood led 7-1 at halftime. At one point during the half BLHS scored a goal every four minutes.
The Bobcats effectively passed the ball and ran offense during the game.
Kincheloe scored his first goal in the eighth minute of the first half. About four minutes later, Lane Young scored on a goal with an assist from Dakota Foster.
The Bobcats scored again three minutes later when Sean Potter scored off of an assist from Kincheloe. Potter scored the fourth goal about four minutes later with an assist by Steven Coy.
Coy scored the Bobcats’ fifth goal at the 18:39 mark on a penalty kick.
Two minutes later, Zach Sawalich scored another goal. A minute later, Kincheloe scored his second goal and gave the team a 7-0 lead.
The Bobcats didn’t score the rest of the half, but they already had the game well under control.
Perry-Lecompton tacked on a goal late in the half.
In the second half, Kincheloe scored again to earn a hat trick with an assist from Foster. BLHS scored again 12 minutes later on a goal by Marcas Box with 20 minutes left in the second half. Zach Ferguson earned the assist.
Perry-Lecompton added a late goal, but it was too little too late.
A night later, though, it was a different story for the Bobcats against St. James Academy.
The Thunder — the third-place team at the 2010 Class 4-1A state tournament and the 2009 state champions — scored five goals in the first eight minutes of the game and cruised to a 6-1 victory.
The slow start buried the Bobcats.
“I think we started off nervous,” BLHS coach Austin Knipp said. “We started off a little slow. I think we played well after the start of the game.”
At halftime, the score was 6-1. The Bobcats scored a goal when Sawalich chipped in the ball on an assist from Foster.
“We wanted to win the second half, and it was much better,” Knipp said. “It was more us and how we are capable of playing, unlike the first half.”
Knipp said he was pleased with his team’s resiliency. In spite of the game being out of reach scoring wise, the Bobcats continued to play solid soccer, battling for possessions and refusing to stop attempting to score goals.
“That is a difference between this year and last year,” he said. “We keep getting after it. If we get down, then we play right through it.”
Basehor-Linwood plays host to Turner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, which is Senior Night. The team will honor Zac Klover, Russell Clark, Deric Branman, Brett Selanders, Steven Coy, Foster, Box and Spencer Himpel before the game. In addition, it is a pivotal game for the Bobcats who continue jockeying for regional seeding.
“It is a game we need to win,” Knipp said.