Soccer Boys shoot for a third straight win against soccer powerhouse, Blue Valley West

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Soccer Boys shoot for a third straight win against soccer powerhouse, Blue Valley West

Senior Andrew Carnes and junior Andrew Sotelo race against a BVW player in the match on Sept. 22. KCC lost the game 2-1.

Senior Andrew Carnes and junior Andrew Sotelo race against a BVW player in the match on Sept. 22. KCC lost the game 2-1.

Senior Andrew Carnes and junior Andrew Sotelo race against a BVW player in the match on Sept. 22. KCC lost the game 2-1.

Senior Andrew Carnes and junior Andrew Sotelo race against a BVW player in the match on Sept. 22. KCC lost the game 2-1.

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The Boys varsity soccer team lost 2-1 in their matchup with Blue Valley West, one of the biggest 6A teams in the KC area, on Tuesday.

Head coach Alan Chugg and his team always compete against a couple of the 6A teams from around the city every year. The varsity squad had previously squared off against BVW two times in the last two years, winning both games by scores of 3-2 and 2-0.

Within the first two minutes, junior James Kucera sprinted out ahead of his defender with the ball and took a shot. The BVW goalie deflected Kucera’s shot right back to back to senior Connor Christians who finished the goal easily. The Panthers took an early 1-0 lead.

But, later in the first half, Blue Valley West scored back-to-back goals from the same position outside of the 18 yard box, to go out in front of the Panthers.

“We started and ended the game really well, but in between we lost our focus,” Christians said. “It’s definitely a team we could’ve beaten and I’m excited to see how we progress as a team from now on.”

The boys ran over to the sideline, shocked at the two quick goals that had just occurred. After some critiques and adjustments from the two coaches, the boys mentally prepared to fire back and steal the game from BVW. Throughout the second half, the players could never quite find a great opportunity to score and even the game. As the half progressed, the eager, confident morale that the team had started with had started to diminish.

“We were very lazy and slow in the second half,” senior goalie Bryce Johnston said. “We could’ve played a lot harder and with a lot more intensity.”

The final whistle was blown and the boys walked off the field in disbelief with their performance.

“I thought the team could’ve played a lot better than we did,” junior Nate Streeter said. “I’m kind of disappointed because we have had a couple games like this one this year. We just gave up after they scored.”

The varsity boys are looking to get back on track on Thursday against Lansing, and the seniors know what they have to do to get the team ready.

“The team as a whole needs to go harder in practice and push each other to get better,” Johnston said. “We need to come in with a bigger expectation and be more prepared when we go into a new game.”

Defending the goal, senior Bryce Johnston looks on as sophomore Josh Kucera steals the ball from an opponent.

Defending the goal, senior Bryce Johnston looks on as sophomore Josh Kucera steals the ball from an opponent.

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