BHS soccer strikes first, loses opener
Baldwin High School junior Travis Moore scored the first-ever goal in BHS soccer history five minutes into the season opener, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs lost 5-2 to Paola Tuesday.
The BHS soccer team finally became a reality as it began its season at home Tuesday. Coach Gus Wegner enjoyed seeing the Bulldogs play well early.
"I was quite happy," Wegner said. "We scored the first goal. We felt that the first 10 minutes we passed really well. We went in a defensive funk for about 15 minutes or so. That's when they scored three goals."
Assistant coach David Theis thought the team played well for its first game, but knows the team can improve next game.
"It was good to get our first game under our belt," Theis said. "It makes a big difference getting to see us in a game situation. The varsity played well, got a little tired, but got our second wind. We played well and had a couple unlucky shots. But overall we played better in the second half."
The Bulldogs jumped on the Panthers early in the game when sophomore Dustin Schiller assisted Moore for a goal five minutes into the game.
"I would have never guessed we would have scored six minutes into the first game," Theis said. "I was really happy with that. I thought after that we were going to hang with them. Then they scored and we played on our heels for a bit."
Soon after Baldwin scored, Paola tied the score. Then the Panthers added three more goals before halftime, taking a 4-1 lead into the break.
The Bulldogs tried to rally in the second half with another goal from Moore to close the lead to 4-2. Then they had a penalty kick that could have closed the gap to one goal, but the kick went right to the Paola goalie. Paola added one more goal late to win 5-2.
Despite the loss, Wegner said the team should be happy.
"We really played them real well," Wegner said. "I can't be more pleased with the way the kids played. I think they felt pretty happy."
The junior varsity team fell behind 3-0 in the first half, but held Paola scoreless in the second half before losing 3-0.
"It gave the kids a great chance to play, because I told them with our numbers, you have to plan on playing 70 minutes," Wegner said. "They were really tired, but they had their chances to play. As they game wore on, they knew they were in it."
Many of the players on the junior varsity team had to play most of the game, because of the number of players out for the team. That caused some fatigue, but the Bulldogs didn't allow a goal the second half.
"The JV was a true learning experience for some of them," Theis said. "We didn't have enough subs so eight of the 11 played the whole game. They handled it all right and played well. Hopefully, we can do a little bit better Thursday."
The Bulldogs next game is at 4 p.m. today at Louisburg. Then they play at 4 p.m. Monday at Eudora.