Bulldogs split league contests with Louisburg, Eudora
Baldwin High School’s soccer team split a pair of Frontier League games this week to keep its record above .500.
Last Thursday, the Bulldogs traveled to Eudora and won 3-1, but they fell Tuesday to Louisburg at home. They are now 7-5-1 on the season with three contests remaining before the regional tournament starts Oct. 25.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs were hoping to pick up their third-straight victory and sweep Louisburg this season. However, the Wildcats scored three late goals in the second half to beat Baldwin 4-1.
“This one got away from us,” coach Mark Joslyn said. “It reminded me of our matches with Spring Hill. We played them even or better than even in the first half, but they got a goal.”
Louisburg scored the first goal of the game during the middle of the first half. Baldwin took a few shots, but trailed 1-0 at half. Despite trailing, Joslyn and the Bulldogs felt confident about coming back in the second half.
“To that point, we had done very well in the first half,” Joslyn said. “We had two or three good chances to score. It was just 1-0 at halftime, and we all felt pretty good about our chances in the second half.”
The Wildcats added to their lead with 17:45 remaining in the game. They scored another quick goal four minutes later to take a 3-1 lead. Their final goal came with 8:21 left in the contest.
“As I’ve said before, defending set pieces has been a tough thing for our team,” Joslyn said. “We have to get better at those.”
Baldwin wouldn’t be shut out. Senior Joey Cool was knocked down in the box, giving him a penalty kick. Cool drilled it to give Baldwin its only goal of the contest.
“That was nice to get the goal,” Joslyn said. “He played hard. He deserved the call and put it right through. That was a nice positive for Joey.
“The positive thing is our offensive attack is producing chances, but we couldn’t finish today. Against a good team like this, when we get those chances, we have to finish.”
Last Thursday, Baldwin came from behind to beat Eudora. After trailing 1-0, Baldwin rallied to win 3-1 and beat the Cardinals for the second time this season.
“It was a nice win,” Joslyn said. “They got 1-0 on us, but we equalized the game quickly. We pretty much controlled the tempo of that game.”
Junior Caleb Michels scored Baldwin’s first goal off an assist from junior Louis Joslyn. Cool assisted senior Will Nitcher, who headed Baldwin’s next goal after Eudora missed a penalty kick. The Bulldogs’ final goal came from sophomore Alec Petry. Junior Clint Chapman earned the assist.
“After Tuesday's game against Perry, the players were clearly tired,” M. Joslyn said. “But, I was very pleased by our effort against Eudora. They have several good players, the team is very organized, well coached and they played an excellent game against us. However, we found our legs in the second half, played more aggressive defense and produced several passing sequences that eventually led to opportunities and two timely goals.”
Baldwin will play at Ottawa today, at Maranatha Academy on Monday and at home Tuesday against De Soto to finish up the regular season.