Early season perfection
A shut out against rival Eudora helped keep the Baldwin High School soccer team undefeated this fall.
The Bulldogs crushed the Cardinals 6-0 Monday to bring their record to 4-0 on the season.
"It feels pretty good, because last year we lost our first game right off the start," sophomore James Simmons said. "We didn't have a chance to be undefeated at all."
Coach Gus Wegner likes the feeling of being 4-0, but he credits the players for the unblemished record.
"It does feel nice, but it's a long season," Wegner said. "The players seem pleased. I would attribute the record to them."
Four different BHS players scored goals Monday. Junior Dustin Schiller and Brazilian exchange student Fernando Chuery each scored two goals. Sophomore Tracie Weege and senior Travis Moore also contributed goals for the Bulldogs.
Schiller totaled three assists in the game, while Chuery and senior Avery Baughan each had an assist, also.
Wegner is proud of how well the Bulldogs are playing.
"The team is playing really well," Wegner said. "We continue to control the flow of the game. The defense is also playing well. We have only allowed three goals in four games."
Although the Eudora game was fun for the Bulldogs, there was one scary moment. Simmons went down with an injury in the second half. Exchange student Yevhan Komisar came in to replace him at goalie.
Simmons said he broke his collarbone in the game, but hopes to return to the team in a few weeks.
"It was disappointing," Simmons said. "I believe the decision to take me out was the right one, because as it turned out my collarbone was broken. I am hoping to be back to at least play Eudora again."
The Bulldogs and Cardinals play at Eudora on Oct. 7.
Last Thursday, the Bulldogs hosted Louisburg and survived the physical game by winning 3-1.
"It was very physical and we cautioned the players about that," Wegner said. "We got behind for the first time. They came back to win. It was a well-played game defensively. It was a very nice win."
Louisburg scored first with a goal during the middle of the first half. With five minutes remaining in the half, Schiller tied the game with a goal of his own.
The Bulldogs added two goals in the second half. One was a penalty kick by Chuery and the other was a kick by Moore after a Wildcat penalty.
"About midway through the first half, I knew it was going to be tough," Wegner said. "We were playing well. We dominated the first 10 minutes and then they controlled the game. In the second half, we went back to what we talked about before, which was ball control."
Simmons said the team's offense improvements are because of passing.
"We are working together a lot and getting the passes to each other," Simmons said. "Our players are working together a lot better."
Baldwin played at Ottawa on Wednesday, but the results were unavailable at press time.
The Bulldogs now begin a stretch of road games. BHS will play eight of its next nine games on the road, before finishing up with three home contests.