It was a cool, cloudy and breezy day and the Immaculata soccer team lost for the first time this season after starting 5-0, but spirits remained high following a 4-2 loss to Basehor-Linwood on Monday.
The fans congratulated the team on a hard fought game and head coach Frank Mazeitis hugged and talked to them afterwards.
The first half was an even battle and the score was 2-2 at the break, but the Raiders took a chance and changed up their strategy in the second half.
“We made a tactical decision and it didn't work,” Mazeitis said.
Basehor was able to attack the goal early and often in the second half, which led to goals about 13 and 19 minutes in. Before that, the Bobcats missed on three close shots in a three-minute span.
Much of the first half was a completely different story, with the Raiders getting several opportunities at the goal, but not being able to capitalize on many of them.
Sophomore Mark Hernandez scored the two goals for Immaculata.
The first came only a couple of minutes into the game, and the second was about 16 minutes into the game that retook the lead for the Raiders after Basehor tied it up six minutes earlier.
A Bobcat penalty kick tied it up at two apiece at about the 27-minute mark.
Even though goalkeeper Phillip Hernandez allowed four goals, he made some difficult saves, too.
One was right before the game was tied up at two, when he kept one out off a corner kick. He made another corner kick save with about 10 minutes left before half.
“He had an excellent game,” Mazeitis said.
Mazeitis understood that the competition was the best they have faced all season.
“This is probably the best all together team on all sides that we've played so far,” he said.
Washington is next up on the schedule for the Raiders. The Thursday home game is at 4:30 p.m.