Soccer team avenges earlier tie to Cyclones
On back-to-back nights last week, the Baldwin High School soccer team looked like two completely different teams.
After losing 3-0 to Topeka-Hayden on Oct. 18, the Bulldogs came back to beat Ottawa 3-1 last Thursday.
"It was the opposite of the day before," coach Gus Wegner said. "I thought we might get a shutout. We played well and you wouldn't have guessed that we had played the day before."
Against Hayden, the Bulldogs played them even for about 25 minutes. Then the floodgates opened for about five minutes. Hayden scored all three goals during those few minutes.
"They were playing well and you could tell," Wegner said. "We had a couple of chances to score, but we were unable to convert. They passed extremely well. They were on top of their game. We couldn't match them that day and they earned the victory."
Both teams played equally in the second half, but Baldwin couldn't score any goals.
"In the second half, we didn't allow any goals and played them really even," Wegner said.
Then, 24 hours later, Baldwin returned back to the same Baker University field that it was shut out at to take on an Ottawa team that it tied 1-1 earlier in the year.
Baldwin jumped out to a 3-0 lead, thanks to two goals from senior Fernando Chuery and one goal by a Cyclone defender.
"It was a real team victory against a good team," Wegner said. "The kids felt really good about coming back after the tie and beating them by a considerable margin."
Ottawa scored its lone goal late in the game, despite having several chances to score earlier in the game.
Wegner was glad to end the regular season with a solid victory over the Cyclones.
"It was a nice way to end the season, knowing that regionals are coming up," Wegner said last week.