Soccer team avenges opening-day loss
After the Baldwin High School soccer team recovered from its loss against Ottawa last Wednesday, it avenged its opening loss of the season.
The Bulldogs defeated De Soto 3-1 Monday at home. The Wildcats beat the Bulldogs 4-1 on Aug. 27, which was the first game of the season for BHS.
"It was a good win, because we lost to them the first time 4-1," coach Gus Wegner said. "We had too many mistakes, like hand balls, which led to two penalty kicks, and offsides calls. This was a good win for us against a good team. It was a total team win."
BHS took an early 2-0 lead in the game. Senior Alex Silva scored the first goal about six minutes into the game. Senior Dustin Schiller then headed a corner kick into the net to give Baldwin a 2-0 lead after 12 minutes of play.
"We've been working in practice on corner kicks, because we had yet to score on a corner kick," Wegner said. "Alex kicked a beautiful ball to Dustin on the far side, who had a perfect header."
Wegner also said the quick start was important for the Bulldogs.
"We had two goals in 12 minutes," Wegner said. "That was nice because other times we have gotten a goal only to see our opponent tie it up. It was nice to get a good start on them."
De Soto scored its goal during the middle of the second half, but the Bulldogs answered late. Senior Zach Baughan socred the final goal with just a few minutes remaining in the game to seal the Bulldogs' victory.
The junior varsity Bulldog team lost 4-3 Monday. The junior varsity top scorers were Silva, and Patrick Mock with one assist from John Grosdidier
"Both BHS soccer teams played very well against DeSoto," Wegner said.
Junior Morgan James said the JV team needs to work on spacing next game.
"We just need to pass the ball to open spaces and get to the ball before they do," James said.
The next game for the Bulldogs is at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Immaculata.