Archive for Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Soccer stays hot with win at Basehor-Linwood

Four Chieftains score in 6-2 victory

Tonganoxie's Emily Soetaert tries to beat Basehor-Linwood's Raeney Seaton to a loose ball in Wednesday's meeting. Soetaert scored twice in the Chieftains' 6-2 victory.

Tonganoxie's Emily Soetaert tries to beat Basehor-Linwood's Raeney Seaton to a loose ball in Wednesday's meeting. Soetaert scored twice in the Chieftains' 6-2 victory.

May 1, 2013

THS 6, BLHS 2

First half scoring

Emily Soetaert (TON)

Emily Soetaert (TON)

Kara Stephens (B-L)

Second half scoring

Mackenzie Price (TON)

Mackenzie Price (TON)

Morgan Galvin (TON)

Kara Stephens (B-L)

Molly Welsh (TON)

— A week ago, the Tonganoxie High girls soccer team failed to find the net in back-to-back games. This week, the Chieftains seem dead set on making up for lost chances.

THS scored early and often in a 6-2 win Wednesday at rival Basehor-Linwood, giving it 14 goals in its last two games. The Chieftains (5-7, 3-3 Kaw Valley League) led the Bobcats by just a goal at halftime, but reeled off four more scores after the break to win their second straight.

"I think we're getting a little bit of confidence for sure," coach Justin Seever said. "We're getting everybody involved. We had a bunch of different goals scored at Washington, and it was the same thing today. We're really starting to trust each other."

Emily Soetaert, the team's leading scorer this season, gave THS a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals early in the first half. Basehor-Linwood's Kara Stephens cut the lead in half with a goal midway through the period, and a struggle for possession ensued. Neither team scored again before halftime.

The Chieftains had a strong wind at their backs in the second half, and they took full advantage. Mackenzie Price scored two goals in the opening minutes of the half — both off assists from Soetaert — to give THS some breathing room, and Soetaert found Galvin for another score to make it 5-1 with less than 30 minutes remaining.

"It makes life so much easier when you have (the wind) at your back," Seever said. "I knew we'd have some momentum if we came out and got a goal. It was a huge factor."

The Bobcats got one goal back when Stephens scored roughly 10 minutes later, but Tonganoxie's Molly Welsh rounded out scoring when she corralled a ball off the goal post and tapped it in with less than five minutes left.

Seever's squad will try for its third win of the week when it welcomes Frontier League school Ottawa to town on Thursday. The varsity will play immediately following the JV game, which is set for 4 p.m.

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