Bulldogs no longer unbeaten
With a nearly perfect record, the Baldwin High School soccer team traveled to Gardner Tuesday night and came away with its first loss of the season.
The Bulldogs lost 3-2 to fall to 5-1-1 on the season.
"It was one of those games where you try and try to put the ball in the goal, but can't," coach Gus Wegner said. "It was not our best game. We got away from what was winning us games, and that is good passing."
Junior Dustin Schiller and senior Fernando Chuery each scored a goal in the game for Baldwin.
On Monday night BHS traveled to De Soto and left with a 5-4 victory.
"It was an excellently played game," Wegner said. "They may have passed a bit better than us, but we had faster people."
Both teams were tied 3-3 at the half, but Baldwin scored two in the second half to win. Senior Travis Moore scored two goals while Chuery had the hat trick with three goals himself.
Last Wednesday the Bulldogs took their unbeaten record down to Ottawa. They left still unbeaten as they tied the Cyclones 1-1.
"The game was very difficult," junior Yevhan Komisar said. "Ottawa was a very strong team and we played very well. The outcome was very satisfying."
The junior varsity Bulldogs lost 3-1 at Ottawa.
Assistant coach Matt McCune thinks the team is doing really well, but needs to work on a few aspects of the game.
"The coaches still think that the team needs to work on attacking patterns, ball possession and transition defense as well as defending restarts," McCune said.
Some of the players were really pleased with how they performed.
"I thought we passed well and we also had good defense," junior Dan Glover said.
Although Baldwin played well, some felt there was room for improvement.
"We need to do a better job of getting the ball out wide," senior Sam Pippert said.
As the team progresses, it also set many goals for the season. McCune's goals for the teams are what the players want out of the season.
"Obviously the team wants to improve from their record and experiences from last year, which I believe we will do," McCune said. "Right now I am sure a lot of players feel like they can win the league title and host a regional game, that is a great goal for them to strive for."
Next action for the soccer team is at 4 p.m., Monday at Kansas City Turner.