BHS boys' soccer finishes regular season with six straight shutout wins

Members of the Baldwin High School boys' soccer team thank their fans after beating Maranatha Academy 4-0 on Monday. It was senior night for the Bulldogs and nine seniors were honored before the game. Enlarge photo

October 20, 2011

Baldwin High School's boys' soccer team ended the regular season with its sixth-consecutive shutout victory on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs avenged a loss on Tuesday for the second time this fall. They won a road game at De Soto, which avenged a 3-2 loss at home to the Wildcats in September. BHS (12-3-1) scored a pair of second half goals to beat De Soto 2-0.

“It was a tough game, but a good win,” coach Mark Joslyn said. “De Soto played as well as I've seen them play in long time. They took it to us for 20 to 30 minutes. Just before halftime, we started looking like we normally do. We wanted to finish the regular season with a win, but also get De Soto, because they got us earlier at home.”

The Bulldogs were excited to beat the Wildcats.

“It was great to go there and play some Baldwin soccer,” senior Clint Chapman said “When they came to play us at home, we got caught stooping down to their level. I really feel like this was a very monumental win for us tonight.”

Baldwin and De Soto played a scoreless first half. About 15 minutes into the second half, senior Louis Joslyn booted a ball into the net, breaking the tie.

About 10 minutes later, senior Caleb Michels gave the Bulldogs some security. He scored the game's second goal and all but sealed the victory.

“Tonight, we possessed the ball, found the feet of our forward (L. Joslyn) and worked our attack from there,” Chapman said Tuesday. “Previously, we tried to go straight through the De Soto defense. This opened up their defense.”

BHS shutout their final six opponents after falling to Basehor-Linwood at home Oct. 3. Baldwin also lost to De Soto and Spring Hill early in the season. After those two losses, BHS fell to 1-2-1, but its won 11 of its last 12 games.

“We have eight shutouts this season,” coach Joslyn said. “I think we have six in a row now. Since Basehor, we've shut everybody out. We feel good about how our defense is playing right now.”

The Bulldogs' coach made changes since their third loss, but he said the players have worked to improve themselves, too.

“Our energy level has been higher since that loss,” Joslyn said. “The kids realized after the Basehor game they have to play every second of the game. We also changed our formation a bit and that's really helped our offense and defense.”

On Monday, the Bulldogs celebrated senior night in style with a 4-0 over Maranatha Academy. It was their fifth-straight victory.

“That was a very good team we played, but it was senior night and it was nice to get some early goals,” coach Joslyn said. “We had good possession. We just looked sharp and we've looked sharp the last four or five games. We held them scoreless, which was nice, too.”

Monday's game marked the final regular season home game for the Bulldogs. It was a night where nine seniors were honored with their parents before the game. They were Clint Chapman, Kyle Hostetler, Ryan Hundley, Louis Joslyn, Cody Keener, Zac Leeker, Caleb Michels, Dustin Wallace and Nick Waltz.

Michels and L. Joslyn scored two of Baldwin's goals on Monday. Michels scored the opening game less than eight minutes into the contest. Joslyn sealed the win as he scored a goal with 27:55 remaining in the game, giving BHS a 4-0 lead.

Sophomores Duncan Murray and Nick Joslyn each added a goal during the first half of action Monday. Both shots were booted hard, bounced off the goalkeeper's hands and rolled into the net.

Baldwin will now enjoy a week of rest and practice before its next game, which will be its first postseason game.

“I think the whole team is looking forward to having a week to recover and pull everyone together before regionals start,” Chapman said. “So when regionals starts, everyone should healthy and ready to play.”

The Bulldogs will begin playing regional games next week. The bracket will be announced Saturday.

“We're not quite sure where we are at in the region, but we did the best we could as far as the last six games,” coach Joslyn said. “We'll find out Saturday who and where we play. I think we will have a home game next week, but we'll see this weekend.”

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