BLHS soccer ready for rematch with St. James Academy

October 25, 2011

Basehor-Linwood plays St. James Academy, a familiar opponent, in the opening round of the Class 4-1A regional soccer tournament on Tuesday, and the Bobcats know the importance of a good start to the game.

The two teams played earlier this year with St. James scoring five goals in the first eight minutes en route to a 6-1 victory.

Following that scoring barrage, the Bobcats settled in and allowed just one goal during the final 72 minutes. Neither team scored in the second half.

BLHS coach Austin Knipp said his team can take a lot of positives from the first meeting with St. James

“Definitely, there are a lot of positives take from that,” he said. “Once we woke up and played how we play, it was zero to zero in the second half.”

Knipp said he expects his team to come out prepared and focused for Tuesday’s game at home. He is pleased to have the home-field advantage.

“We know we can hang with them after our second half,” he said. “We will make some changes. I think we will come out focused and ready to go and pretty fired up.”

In the last couple weeks, Knipp has followed the standings for regional seedings and figured that Basehor-Linwood would either draw the Thunder or Kansas City Christian.

If the Bobcats had defeated Bonner Springs on Thursday, it would have gone in to a seeding coin flip with Tonganoxie.

“Yeah, the kids knew Friday that it was a must-win,” he said. “Tonganoxie lost to Leavenworth and we would have had a coin flip to determine the higher seed.”

Bonner Springs, though, won the game 1-0 in double-overtime. The Braves scored on a breakaway goal by Spencer Frank.

“It was a pretty good match,” Knipp said. “They got a breakaway with two minutes to go in the second overtime; they put one away.”

The goal occurred after nearly 100 minutes of scoreless soccer.

“We had our chances and they had their chances,” Knipp said. “Neither one of us put it in until the final breakaway goal. It was tough for the kids because a lot of the kids play on teams together in the offseason. They know each other pretty well. It was tough, but I think we will be ready for Tuesday.”

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