Soccer sweeps Basehor-Linwood
Win over Bobcats continues Wildcats’ sub-state play
De Soto opened 4A state soccer post-season play the same way it started the 2004 season -- with a win Monday over Basehor-Linwood.
Although the Wildcats faced the same opponent against which it earned their first win of the 2004 season, there was nothing similar about the two wins over the Bobcats.
In the first game, De Soto struggled to a 3-2 overtime win. Monday the Wildcats blasted their familiar opponent with a 10-1 whipping.
"It's time to be better," Wildcat coach Mike Murphy said. "This is the time of year when you have to be ready every time out."
Murphy's Wildcats were more than ready to handle the Bobcats, especially on offense, in which De Soto scored five goals in each half. Basehor-Linwood's lone goal came in the first half on a shot the Wildcat defense should not have allowed.
"They were able to get some shots they shouldn't have," Murphy said. "One of our goals is to shut out our opponents. If the other team is going to beat us, it better be because they are better than we are. Not because we screwed up."
Kyle Bray combined his speed and soccer smarts with the unselfish play of his teammates and scored five of the Wildcat goals himself. Jordan Hevel added three goals for De Soto. Spike Delapena and Zach England each scored a goal.
Bray and Hevel scored two goals apiece in the first half, and England added the other one as De Soto built a 5-1 advantage. Bray took over from there getting the hat trick in the second half.
Murphy estimated about half of his team's goals had assists attached to them. He was especially pleased with the efforts of defender Lance Williams.
"He had two assists from the defensive position," Murphy said. "He did a good job of getting through balls to Kyle."
Bray was so tough for the Bobcats to handle that on one occasion they were forced to foul him.
The foul led to a goal from Hevel, who takes all of De Soto's penalty kicks.
"I don't mean to jinx him or anything, but he hasn't missed yet," Murphy said.
The coach said that the scoring explosion was good for the Wildcats' psyche. That's why it's important for Hevel to continue his hot streak in penalty kicks.
"He needs to keep in mind the mental aspect of needing that goal," Murphy said. "He needs to keep working on scoring those goals whether we're up 2-1 or 7-1."
Although Hevel scored three times Monday, Murphy said he would like to see his senior be a bit more aggressive on offense.
When Hevel gets the ball on his feet, Murphy wanted to see the senior touch it around a defender and clear a lane to the goal.
"When he receives the ball out further and he has the room to go with it, I want to see him explode," Murphy said.
"We're going to need a big goal from him somewhere down the stretch here."
The Wildcats (12-5) play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in De Soto against the winner of the Tonganoxie-Louisburg contest.