Box sparks BLHS soccer in victory against Bears
Basehor-Linwood gains momentum as 4-1A regional playoffs approach
Marcas Box switched positions and played one of his best high school soccer games on Senior Night.
The Basehor-Linwood senior scored two goals and had an assist in a 3-1 victory over Turner on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Box was switched to center midfielder when a teammate received a soft red card.
In his new role, Box provided the Bobcats a spark on offense late in the first half.
Turner led 1-0 with 3:50 to play in the half when Box dished the ball to Lane Young, who scored the game-tying goal.
With the score 1-1, Box scored a goal with 1:39 to play in the half. Later, he scored on a penalty kick to give Basehor-Linwood a 3-1 lead entering halftime.
“I don’t normally score in a game,” he said. “I am not a go-to guy. I only had one goal this season. Two in one game is a first and that is really exciting, especially on that night it meant a lot. It was just playing the best game of my career.”
Coach Austin Knipp said Box played with a lot of intensity against Turner.
“Marcas stood out the most,” Knipp said. “He was everywhere and he wanted to win.”
Basehor-Linwood’s defense shut down Turner in the second half. Neither team scored, and Basehor-Linwood picked up a win in the final home game of the regular season.
“I thought we played very well on both ends of the field,” Knipp said.
The win also helped Basehor-Linwood avenge a loss last season to the Bears.
“We got beat 4-1 by them last year, and it was great to beat them this year on Senior Night,” Box said.
The Bobcats’ other seniors are Zach Klover, Russell Clark, Deric Branman, Brett Selanders, Steven Coy, Dakota Foster and Spencer Himpel.
“The seniors have meant everything to the team,” Knipp said. “They have been great leaders and mentors to the younger guys, and they are all going to become great young men with such great character. It was very special to get the win because it is their last regular season home game ever played at BLHS, and it’s always a great feeling to get the team to rally around their seniors and fight for them to get a win.”
While the Bobcats’ regular season home schedule wrapped up against Turner, the team’s quest for a better regional seed continued on the road against Maur Hill on Tuesday.
Basehor-Linwood also earned a 5-1 victory over Maur Hill in spite of playing a sluggish first half.
The Bobcats led 3-0 at halftime while not playing their best soccer.
“I thought we started slow in the game,” senior Dakota Foster said. “We didn’t start off the best. We picked it up in the second half and played really well.”
Foster, Trey Kincheloe, Zach Ferguson and Spencer Himpel scored goals for BLHS.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood improves to 8-6-1 on the season and looks to be playing its best soccer late in the season.
Basehor-Linwood, 8-6-1, plays Bonner Springs on Thursday and it will be a special game for the Bobcats. Foster has grown up playing with a lot of the Braves, so it will be exciting to play them again during the regular season.
“I am excited to play Bonner Springs,” he said. “I grew up playing soccer with a lot of those guys and so playing them as a senior is going to be fun.”
The Bobcats will begin regional play next week with expectations to make a run in the playoffs.
“I think we are more prepared mentally than last year’s team was,” Foster said.
In general, Foster is having fun playing soccer and hopes the run continues for a few weeks.
“I have had a blast; it is by far my favorite season,” he said. “I love it. It is extremely sad to think that this is my last season. I am going to miss it, just being with that team. We are all so close. We hang out on weekends and not hanging out will be rough.”