Bulldogs begin undefeated
The Youth Sports Incorporated Complex in Lawrence is like a second home for the Baldwin High School soccer team, as it will be playing a few home games there this season.
On Aug. 30, the Bulldogs (2-0) played St. James Academy on the new home field. The varsity won 2-1 in overtime, while the JV lost 2-1.
Playing games in Lawrence does not seem to affect the team too much, according to senior Cory Lauridsen.
"It has its ups and downs," Lauridsen said. "In Lawrence the field is better, but we don't have the home field advantage."
In the game on Aug. 30, Chuery Fernando helped the team out with an assist to junior Dustin Schiller, who started out the season with both goals for the team.
Schiller thinks that he was just in the right place at the right time.
"We communicated well on the field and we worked hard," Schiller said. "We got tired quickly because of the hot weather and cramped up."
St. James later scored to tie the game 1-1. In overtime, Schiller received an assist from senior Travis Moore and scored the game-winning goal.
Many on the team agreed that they had a very succesful first game.
"I think we did good for our first game and it was fun," said freshman Anna Baughan.
Fernando sees room for improvement but is happy with how the team performed.
"For the first game we did well, we have to improve some things and practice hard," Fernando said.
The Bulldogs traveled to Paola on Tuesday night and won 5-1. Fernando and Schiller each scored two goals, while sophomore Tracie Weege added one goal.
The next soccer games will begin at 4 p.m. today at theYSI complex against Louisburg.
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