Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2007

BHS soccer squad continues dominance over Cardinals

September 13, 2007

Although coach Gus Wegner and junior James Simmons agreed Eudora has improved, the Baldwin High School soccer team remained undefeated against the Cardinals.

The Bulldogs beat the Cardinals 6-3 Monday afternoon at Eudora. Baldwin leads the all-time series 5-0.

"We've had some good wins against them, but they are better this year," Simmons said. "Sometimes it was sloppy, but everybody had their shining moments, also."

Baldwin remained in control the entire game, but was never able to blow the Cardinals out. Wegner said both teams played hard, but a little bit of rain and wind made the game difficult.

"It was a hard-fought game," Wegner said. "We played a much improved Eudora team. The wind was a big factor. It was cold.

"I thought we played hard from start to finish," Wegner said. "We had a number of people play the entire 80 minutes."

Simmons agreed that the weather affected the game, especially the wind.

"It wasn't downpour wet, but it was wet enough to affect how the ball came off your foot," Simmons said. "Going into the wind, we had a hard time controlling the ball."

The Bulldogs jumped on Eudora early, leading 4-2 at halftime. Both teams traded goals during the second half, before Baldwin scored the final one and iced the game.

Senior Alex Silva scored three goals, sophomore Levi Moore added two and senior Dustin Schiller scored the other goal. Schiller assisted on five goals.

"At no time, except maybe the final five minutes, did I think this was our game," Wegner said. "They are much improved. They haven't won a game yet, though."

On Sept. 5, the Bulldogs traveled to Louisburg for a game and came away with a 4-2 loss. The Wildcats controlled the game, even when the Bulldogs scored late in the contest.

"That was a very skilled team we played," Wegner said. "You have to tip your hat to that team. They were very skilled and less physical. We didn't play well until the last 20 minutes. We were the first team to score on them, despite being their fifth game."

The Bulldogs hosted Ottawa Wednesday at home, but the scores were unavailable at press time. Their next game will be at 4 p.m. Monday at home versus De Soto. The Wildcats beat Baldwin 4-1 earlier in the season.

"We've got the home field this time," Simmons said. "They won't be used to it, because they have their perfect field and we have deep ruts and a rough field."

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