LVHS moves to 3-0

It has been an inauspicious start to the soccer season for the Basehor-Linwood boys’ team this fall.

The Bobcats, coming off a magical season in 2016, finishing second in Class 4A-I, were bringing back a core of familiar faces and a ton of new ones dotting the roster.

That new blend has taken it’s lumps early on with a narrow win over Maranatha and a shock, 4-3 defeat at Tonganoxie, last week.

On Tuesday. the Bobcats righted the ship for the time being, using a Tucker Johnson goal early in BLHS’ home contest against Topeka Hayden and a strike midway through the second half by Jackson May to ward off a plucky if not lucky Topeka Hayden team, 2-1.

“Morale-wise yes, this helps, but I think we are still trying to figure out our roles on the team and me, I am still trying to figure out the rotations and figure out who is best where,” BLHS head coach Austin Knipp said. “We’re four weeks into the season and it’s hard to forget we are only three games in. We are still trying to work out the kinks. We don’t have a lot of starters (that did so last year). We do have a lot of guys who are still trying to figure it out themselves.

“We know what we are capable of and just about figuring out where those pieces fit right. A lot of these guys were really good role players last year with that massive senior class last year. They weren’t really called upon to lead the way and this year they are the leaders, they are making plays and are making shots and the stops. For them it’s a little bit of adjusting. As the season goes on and they experience the goods and the bass and all the different schemes people are coming at us with. They will get their feet grounded.

Basehor (2-1) had plenty of chances to add to that margin, but were unfortunate in their attempts at goal, allowing Hayden the hope to earn a tie or maybe a win, but good fortune wasn’t that willing to be giving on this night.

Johnson’s goal was his third in three matches and it came off of a corner kick from Gareth Harte in the match’s early minutes.

“(Johnson) placed it perfectly,” Knipp said. “He’s on a hot streak right now.”

May’s score after the break was a lovely strike outside the reach of the Hayden keeper and placed with cool efficiency.

“We had a lot of offensive opportunities and we definitely didn’t finish a lot of them,” May said. “We got a lot of them with ball movement – which we still have to work a lot more on. We need more passing and less dribbling. Jaxon Bounds is great at dribbling, we all need to work more on passing.

“We are still trying to figure it out. The goals are there, they just aren’t going in for us. That will eventually happen throughout the season. I know we were hoping of coming out and playing better in the first half, because we did terribly in the last game. We just need to tuck in the shots away more.

The goal for Hayden came late in the first half as Basehor’s young keeper, Zach Hanzlik, is still trying to figure things out.

“It’s coming to him,” Knipp said. “He’s still trying to piece it all together, but he is athletic enough for it.”

LVHS wins in OT

The Leavenworth High Pioneers equalled their win total for all of 2016, this campaign after just three matches, when Nate Moore’s strike in overtime, gave the Pioneers a 3-2 win at Bonner Springs.

The Pioneers (3-0) continued their winning ways despite surrending their first two goals of the season.

“We had some great build up and we just need to learn to finish with composure,” LVHS head coach Derek Wilson. “We let in two very, sloppy goals.”