Free kicks give Bogue Chitto edge over West Lincoln
Published 9:40 am Friday, December 8, 2023
WEST LINCOLN — It was a chilly night and a heated match between West Lincoln and Bogue Chitto Thursday night. Bogue Chitto got the best of the West Lincoln Bears winning the girls varsity match 2-0.
It was a close and physical game from the first whistle of the girls match. The Bogue Chitto Bobcats took a while to get going while West Lincoln had a few chances from free kicks in the first 20 minutes.
Bobcat sophomore Kyndra Quinn flipped the script with 10 minutes to go in the first. A handball outside of the box set up a free kick and Quinn stepped up to take it. She fired a shot at the goal where it bounced off of the crossbar and then off of the West Lincoln Goalkeeper and in to give Bogue Chitto the lead.
“I was going to hit it and put it in the box. If my teammates got it I would have been happy with that too,” Quinn said. “I thought for sure it was stopped but I was really happy it went in.”
The match was far from over and the goal stoked flames of intensity in both West Lincoln and Bogue Chitto. Tackles started to fly in and things got a little chippy before halftime.
In the second half, Bogue Chitto won a free kick on a foul with 30 minutes to go in the match. Kinsie Bales stepped up to take the free kick at midfield and chipped a lovely ball forward where it found the feet of Quinn.
“She kicked the perfect kick through the air and I saw the goalie coming out so I volleyed it and took a chance,” Quinn said. “I got a little nervous when I saw the keeper come out but I just shot it. The game is never fully over but it cools the nerves off and helps us play more comfortably.”
Her goal to give a 2-0 lead did calm the Bobcats nerves but did not calm down the game. Several yellow cards were handed out to players and verbal warnings issued to the Bogue Chitto stands for comments directed at the center official. West Lincoln Head Coach Dane Hodges took a seat at midfield to keep himself from pacing outside of his technical area, which would have gotten him a yellow card as well.
Hodges said after the match his girls were not able to finish the chances they needed and had not fully recovered from a hard fought 1-0 defeat to Franklin County Monday. The loss dropped West Lincoln to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in district play. Bogue Chitto’s victory improved them to 6-4 and 2-2. Quinn said they are having a strong year.
“The win was big. Last year was our rebuilding year and we hadn’t had a win like that. We hope to continue to win and go to the playoffs,” Quinn said. “We have grown a lot. Last year we were trying to get people to buy in and they bought in. We want to be better and go to the playoffs. When that is what everyone wants it helps a lot. I have had the same goal. To do the best I can. It is important to me because of my seniors. I’m going to do everything I can for them.”