Soccer team ready for home game at Liston
After crushing Bishop Seabury Academy Tuesday, the Baldwin High School soccer team received some more good news about its next home game.
The Bulldogs found out that their home game Thursday will be played on the new artificial turf at Baker University's Liston Stadium.
"That should be really exciting," junior Dustin Schiller said. "The game should be a lot faster, because the ball will slide on the turf. We should have better shot opportunities."
Coach Gus Wegner said the true home game will be nice, because the other home games have been played in Lawrence so far.
"This is a nice reward," Wegner said. "It will be nice to have a home game after playing nine games."
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs defeated Bishop Seabury 8-2.
"It was more fun for me," Wegner said of winning a blowout. "We've had four close games and that's tough on the players. They have dipped into their endurance and stamina bucket quite a bit. It was nice to sub in more players."
Senior Kirby Flory and Schiller each had a hat trick in the game by scoring three goals apiece.
Senior Travis Moore scored the other two goals for Baldwin. Six Bulldogs had assists. Schiller had two, with sophomore Nick Barkley, senior Fernando Chuery, sophomore Colin Busby, Moore and Flory each having one assist.
"It was a good win," Schiller said. "I like close games, though. They are more exciting."
Baldwin led 3-0 at half and extended its lead late in the game with four goals during the final 20 minutes.
"It was nice to have a win where we did what we had done during the first five games, which is passing the ball," Wegner said. "They got back to what we had done well at."
On Monday, the Bulldogs traveled to play Kansas City Turner and came away with a 4-3 loss. It was their second straight loss on the season.
"That was tough," Wegner said. "The back-to-back losses were hard."
Chuery scored two goals in the game and Moore had one.
Wegner said the Bulldogs got away from their game plan Monday.
"It was a game where we didn't do play well," Wegner said. "We didn't play very smart, because we weren't passing well."
The junior varsity Bulldogs play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and the varsity will begin at 6:45 p.m. at Liston Stadium.