Lack of chemistry hurting BSHS soccer
An abundance of team chemistry helped the Bonner Springs High School boys soccer team play its way to a fourth-place finish at the Class 4-1A state tournament in 2010.
A lack of it in 2011 has the Braves struggling to find direction, according to coach Mike Moulin.
The Braves have struggled to put the ball in the net this season, and they’re off to a 3-3-1 start to the season.
They battled through two overtimes and ended with a 1-1 tie Monday at home against Lansing, but it was another night of mixed reviews from the Braves’ coach.
“I thought we would’ve played a little bit better than we did tonight,” Moulin said, “but we don’t have that team chemistry.”
The first half went well for the Braves. Possession was mostly even, and each squad generated a handful of scoring opportunities. The BSHS offense attempted numerous passing combinations to set up shots, and the Braves finally capitalized in the 29th minute when Spencer Frank lofted a free kick into a crowd in the box. The pass connected with Spencer Bush, who redirected the ball inside the far post for a goal and a 1-0 Bonner Springs lead.
From there, momentum shifted to Lansing.
The Lions had three good chances in the final four minutes of the first half, but one sailed high and the others were cut off by BSHS defenders Nate Mitchell and Austin Schuler.
Lansing continued to build momentum during the second half. The Lions tied the game less than five minutes into the half when Joe Henry made an aggressive run from the left side and fed a perfectly placed through ball to Jake McCurry near the right post. McCurry made a cut-back move and fired a low shot just inside the far post.
Tied at 1-1, Bonner Springs didn’t muster much of a threat to regain the lead. Lansing dominated play in the midfield and had little trouble with the Braves’ forwards. Too much dribbling and not enough ball movement made it easy for the Lansing defense to snuff out any of the Braves’ attacks.
Meanwhile, the Bonner Springs defense — led by goalkeeper Brett Steuart and the defensive line of Mitchell, Schuler, Noah Monroy and Dante Crider — locked down and fended off a flurry of challenges by the LHS offense. McCurry, Andy Ericks and James Bormolini repeatedly put pressure on the goal, but they either found their path to the goal blocked by a defender or had their shots snared by Steuart.
While the defense repeatedly made saves, the Braves’ offense let its frustration boil over. Forward Shawn Jones received a yellow card late in regulation and was sent to the bench.
Moulin praised his defense as the only part of the lineup exhibiting good chemistry so far this season.
“It’s because they keep their mouth shut and do their job. They’re not placing blame,” Moulin said. “It’s our front six that aren’t controlling the game, and they need to figure it out.”