BHS soccer season ends with 3-2 overtime loss
After 80 minutes of a well-played contest, the Baldwin High School soccer team’s season came to an abrupt end last Thursday.
The Bulldogs headed into overtime against top-seeded Spring Hill, who was playing on its home field. In the first minute of overtime, the Broncos took a shot that sailed into the Bulldogs’ net. The 3-2 victory propelled Spring Hill to the state quarterfinals and ended the Bulldogs’ (9-8-1) season.
“I thought it was well-played game,” coach Mark Joslyn said. “We played very hard. We executed our game plan.”
The overtime goal came very quickly, but the Bulldogs’ coach was pleased with his team’s performance.
“They got a quick goal,” Joslyn sad. “That was the stunner. That was it. I couldn't be happier with the team and their effort. We really played well against the top team in our region at their place. That was a team that had beaten us pretty good twice, and we played even with them for 80 minutes. I thought our offense and defense were working well together against a very good team. It was one of our best played games.”
Spring Hill took an early 1-0 lead in the game after taking a few shots. Baldwin responded with a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead during the first half.
The first was a goal by junior Caleb Michels. He took an assist from senior Will Nitcher and put it off of the far post for the goal. Michels assisted the second goal as he found junior Louis Joslyn, who beat the Spring Hill goalkeeper to the ball.
“They had quite a few shots early,” coach Joslyn sad. “We kind of absorbed a lot of pressure early, and they finally got one. Then we countered with two quick goals. Both were very nice and that charged us up.”
With less than two minutes before halftime, Spring Hill found the net once again. The two Frontier League teams went into halftime tied 2-2.
“It stayed 2-2 for the entire second half with an awful lot of activity back and forth,” coach Joslyn sad. “We had some chances, especially in the last five minutes. They had some good chances.”
Baldwin’s nine wins were a vast improvement from two wins a year ago. This year was Joslyn’s first as the BHS coach.
“We never went through a really bad streak,” the coach said. “If we lost a couple of games, we would always come back and get a big win. I think everybody improved individually. The team itself came together and improved significantly as an entire team.”
The Bulldogs will lose four seniors from the varsity squad and four from the junior varsity team. Most of this year’s squad will return next fall, aiming for the Bulldogs’ first berth into the state quarterfinals.
“We are certainly going to miss the seniors,” coach Joslyn sad. “But we do have a pretty large group returning. We started two sophomores and two freshmen. The rest were upperclassmen. We have a good core coming back. Certainly, the bar is now higher for our expectations next year, because of this year’s team.”