Goal reached: Basehor-Linwood soccer squad solves scoring woes against IMAC, Ward
Knipp confident BLHS can be successful with better production
Basehor-Linwood soccer coach Austin Knipp wasn’t as concerned about victories as to when his team’s first goal would come entering this week’s games against Immaculata and Bishop Ward on back-to-back days.
The Bobcats had been shutout in the first two games of the season by 1-0 scores. Knipp — who was one of the most prolific scorers in Kansas history as a prep player — figured once the goals started going in, the wins would come.
He was right.
Basehor-Linwood won both Monday and Tuesday, outscoring its opponents 7-1 in the victories.
Basehor-Linwood defeated Immaculata 5-0 on Monday.
There was no score at halftime, but in the second half Basehor-Linwood’s snapped its string of five scoreless periods. The first goal came on a Dakota Foster corner kick to Lane Young, who buried the goal. From the, the cover on the Bobcats opponents’ net came off.
“I told the kids once we scored our first goal, then I thought the floodgates would open,” Knipp said.
Young finished with two goals. Trey Kincheloe, Zach Ferguson and Foster also scored.
“I thought we moved pretty well,” Knipp said. “I thought we moved to the outside a lot. Pretty much everything I was wanting them to do, they did. It could have been better, but I was pleased with the effort they gave.”
Knipp said it was nice to both win and snap the scoreless streak.
“I think it feels better to have gotten a goal in,” he said. “I think we were stressing more about the lack of scoring than the lack of winning. I knew once we started scoring we would start winning. I feel like we are solid in goal and on defense and offense.”
A day later, Basehor-Linwood defeated Bishop Ward, 2-1.
BLHS took the lead less than three minutes into the game when Kincheloe scored off of an assist from Spencer Himpel.
Bishop Ward tied the game midway through the first half. A Ferguson goal off of a Kincheloe assist in the second half proved to be the game-winner.
“I was pleased overall,” Knipp said of the Bobcats’ performance against Bishop Ward. “We didn’t look like we had the same intensity as (Monday). We looked a little tired, but I still think we played pretty well.”
While he is pleased to get a victory, Knipp said the Bobcats missed a lot of scoring opportunities.
“Overall, I was pleased,” he said. “I am still not pleased with the missed opportunities scoring wise. We missed 13 or 14 shots. Probably nine were wide-open ‘gimmes’ and we either kicked the ball to the keeper or missed the goal completely. Obviously we have work to do in scoring, but everything else is coming together.
“We will take a win however we can get it. We will take it and build from it.”
Basehor-Linwood (2-2) next plays Monday at Sumner Academy.