BHS soccer team avenges loss at Eudora
EUDORA — Matt McCune had something to smile about here Tuesday.
The Baldwin High School coach’s soccer team won its first game of the 2009 season. The Bulldogs (1-7-1) beat the Cardinals 2-0.
“It was a shutout,” McCune said. “That’s what we stressed before the game. We wanted a clean sheet. Shelby (Arnold) didn’t have a lot of shots to stop.”
The Bulldogs avenged a previous loss at Eudora on Sept. 12. They lost that game 3-2 despite leading 2-1 with six minutes remaining in the game.
After that contest, McCune expressed his disgust with the team’s performance. He said they responded Tuesday when faced against the Cardinals for the second of three times this fall.
“They know I was upset last time,” McCune said. “They were upset about some of the comments I made, because they knew they didn’t come to play that day. Tonight, they did exactly what we wanted them to do.
“But it’s absolutely nice to beat them after we lost the first game here,” he said. “I told the team before the game, ‘I’m not looking to win, but I want us to improve and score more goals than the other team.’ We did that. It was very nice.”
Baldwin scored one goal in each of the halves Tuesday. Sophomore Caleb Michaels scored both goals for BHS.
In the first half, junior Brandon Baltzell crossed the ball to Michaels, who kicked it right past the Eudora goalkeeper.
Michaels scored his second goal in the second half on a corner kick. He booted the kick, but it was passed back to him and he scored again.
“I think we should try and give Levi an assist,” McCune said. “On the second goal, he legally jumped in front of the goalie and distracted him enough so the ball went in. He didn’t touch the ball and he won’t get an actual assist for it, but he helped.”
McCune added that the Bulldogs controlled much of the game on a smaller-than-average field.
“I’d say we had at least 65 percent of the possession,” McCune said. “It’s a small field so it’s easy to move it side to side. We worked the ball through our defense and around.”
Despite earning the first victory Tuesday, the Bulldogs’ coach said the team is still trying to improve. He said they don’t even have a set starting lineup and may not for weeks.
“We’re still throwing some people in different situations,” McCune said. “We’re still tweaking with the line up. Halfway though the season, you hope you’re not, but we are because we have so many young, raw players and we’re not sure where they fit best. Last year, we went two-thirds of the season before we had a set lineup. Once we found that, we could play with anybody. Hopefully, we can do that this year.”
Today the Bulldogs host Frontier League opponent De Soto at Baker University’s North Park. The varsity game begins at 4 p.m. with the junior varsity starting at 6 p.m.