Bobcats boys soccer tries to weather suspensions, injuries
The Basehor-Linwood boys soccer team dropped its third straight match on Tuesday, a 3-0 loss at Topeka Hayden, as the Bobcats seek a reversal of recent misfortunes.
Missing their senior forwards, Trey Kincheloe (suspension) and Lane Young (torn ACL), the Bobcats (1-3) managed just four shots on goal Tuesday.
“We were on our heels for most of the game,” coach Austin Knipp said.
Goalkeeper Cameron Kennedy had 27 saves for the Bobcats.
Kincheloe will remain out for the Bobcats against Baldwin at 6 p.m. on Thursday while he completes a red card suspension following a multi-player brawl against Tonganoxie last week.
A first-half brawl led to three player ejections and left both teams shorthanded for the majority of Thursday’s game, which Tonganoxie went on to win, 2-1. Roughly 10 minutes into the first half, Tonganoxie senior Zack Tallent collided with Basehor-Linwood’s Trey Kincheloe when both players converged on a loose ball. An altercation ensued on the field — and between several parents in the stands — before officials issued red cards to Tallent and Kincheloe, as well as THS senior John Lean.
Per Kansas State High School Activities Association rules, ejected players can’t be replaced, so Tonganoxie was forced to play with nine players and Basehor-Linwood 10 for the remainder of the match. Players began exchanging words about the game on Twitter as early as two days before it happened. Kincheloe sent a tweet at 9:14 p.m. Tuesday — shortly after Tonganoxie’s overtime win at Bonner Springs — that read “Tongies about to have a rude awakening Thursday... Thats all I have to say” (sic).
Knipp said both schools’ administrations were looking into the brawl, and that the Bobcats were taking it “one step at a time.”
“It’s an unfortunate event that this happened, but I know that we’ll learn from it and move forward,” Knipp said.
The Bobcats will have Kincheloe — who scored the team’s first four goals of the season — back on Monday when they host Immaculata at 6 p.m.
Justin Nutter contributed to this story.