BLHS girls soccer narrowly edged by Maranatha
Basehor-Linwood junior Kara Stephens is leading the girls soccer team in scoring. She was the only Bobcat to score against Cair Paravel Latin School, and her streak continued against Maranatha.
When she stepped up and received a corner kick early in the first half she found a lane, and a clear shot off an assist from senior Ellen Farris to give the Bobcats the lead. The Bobcats controlled the game for the next 20 minutes through halftime, but after a yellow card called just seven minutes into the second half, they faltered and allowed the Maranatha Eagles to score twice in a five-minute span and win the game 2-1.
“Our killer instinct just isn’t there,” coach Derek Mazeitis said.
Freshman Madison Smith and sophomore Megan Bowlin each scored to rally the Eagles back from the deficit. Bowlin scored with less than 14 minutes left and the Eagles held the Bobcats scoreless after their surge.
“We could tell that they were getting frustrated and getting mad so we tried to switch into a defensive mode after the second goal and hold them back,” Bowlin said.
Stephens said that the Bobcats were frustrated after the momentum change and didn’t adjust well, which caused problems as the game continued.
“I think we kind of lost our momentum in the second half and then once
they got that first goal we got down on ourselves and it just kind of went downhill from there,” Stephens said.
Basehor-Linwood sophomore Hailey Robinson said the team’s frustration after that chain of events was definitely a factor.
“I think the pressure got to us after they tied it and then after they got the second one, people just kind of quit and let it go,” Robinson said.
The pressure was a common theme after the game and Maseitis kept his captains Stephens and Farris for a half-hour after the game to talk.
“I think our intensity had a lot to do with it,” Mazeitis said. “I think it was very apparent that they were more urgent and wanted it more and so therefore when they increased their pressure we got on our heels and didn’t respond to it very well.”
In the last two games the Bobcats have built up leads, but fallen victim to second-half defensive collapses.
Against Cair Paravel they escaped with a shut out, but they weren’t so lucky against the Eagles who capitalized off these weaknesses and leave with a victory.
“We do a good job moving the ball around, but lose it too quickly,” Robin- son said. “We know what we are sup- posed to do, but sometimes the skills fall behind.”
Mazeitis said the team needs to get used to playing with a lead and being able to adjust when things aren’t going their way in the second half.