OT header ends BHS soccer season
Sudden-death overtimes always end with one team heartbroken and disappointed.
That team Tuesday night was the Baldwin High School soccer team (7-10). Its season ended with a 2-1 overtime loss to Coffeyville in the first round of regional action at home.
"Any loss is tough, especially when it's your last game," senior Dan Glover said. "It makes it tougher that we lost in overtime, but it was a hard-fought game and not a blow out."
It was the second time in the program's three-year history that it has exited the postseason in the first round. A year ago, BHS advanced to the regional final, where it was defeated by Piper.
Coach Gus Wegner said the loss was tough this year, but BHS never had enough chances to score to secure the game.
"This was a tough loss, especially here where you know if you don't win, you aren't playing anymore," Wegner said. "It was a well-played game and very even. I thought we had our chances at times, but we didn't have enough of them. I thought we had this one."
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs were missing senior Dustin Schiller, who leads the team in goals scored and assists. He was injured last week in their home finale.
"I hate to say that, but I think it may not have been as close," Wegner said. "I think Dustin would have loved to have been out there. He was here and gave some nice advice to the players."
Coffeyville scored on a corner kick shortly before the first overtime ended. The kick was headed into the goal, ending the game and the Bulldogs' season.
"Overtime is never fun to play," junior Casey Wagner said. "You're always tired and things just didn't go our way today."
Wegner said Coffeyville made a nice play to win the game, but the Bulldogs nearly had a shot to win shortly before the game-winning goal.
"It was a nice play," Wegner said. "We had our chances a minute or two earlier when we had their goal keeper out of the goal. We just didn't have enough shots on goal to get that second score."
Neither team scored in the first half. Baldwin broke the 0-0 tie with a goal during the middle of the second half. Senior Zach Baughan scored the goal to give BHS a 1-0 lead.
Baldwin players thought the victory was sealed with the goal, if they could just prevent a Coffeyville goal.
"We tried to go into more of a defensive set and just seal the victory, but we couldn't hold them off," Glover said. "Overtime games are always nail biters."
Coffeyville scored its first goal with less than eight minutes remaining in the contest, breaking the hearts of many Bulldogs.
"We had the game won, then we made a couple of unlucky mistakes," Wagner said. "It's always a tough loss to see the seniors go. It was just a tough game."
Tuesday's contest was the final for the BHS seniors and Wegner as he will be resigning from the head coaching duties after leading the program for its inaugural three seasons.
"This was my last game and I shared that with the kids after the game," Wegner said. "I shared it with a few others at the beginning of the season. This was my last season for a variety of reasons. Right now I think they need someone just a little younger, because 66 is just a little old to be doing this, although they never disappointed me in any way.
"They always played hard and played well and I am proud of them," he said. "I think it's time for a new person to come in and take it to a higher level. I came in to establish a program and make it viable. That was the goal when I started. I wanted to make a program that the kids would want to be in. Now it's here for the next coach."
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