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REGIONAL CHAMPS: Bulldogs make history with PK shootout victory

The Baldwin High School boys' soccer team won the regional championship Friday night at its home field. It was the first time the Bulldogs have qualified for the state quarterfinals. BHS beat Independence 4-2 in penalty kicks after regulation ended 0-0.

The Baldwin High School boys' soccer team won the regional championship Friday night at its home field. It was the first time the Bulldogs have qualified for the state quarterfinals. BHS beat Independence 4-2 in penalty kicks after regulation ended 0-0.

October 29, 2011

Louis Joslyn walked up to the ball, waited for the whistle and then booted the game-winning, history-making penalty kick.

Joslyn then sprinted toward the BHS fans along the sideline. The Baldwin High School senior was mobbed by his boys' soccer teammates and fellow students as they celebrated the regional playoff victory. His teammates and peers piled on top of him to celebrate the win.

“I decided before I walked up where I was going to go,” L. Joslyn said. “I put it in and I knew where I was going. I kind of regretted it afterwards, because it got a little heavy under there. It's worth it.”

The BHS senior was the final BHS player to shoot in the penalty kick shootout Friday as the sun was setting on the contest and the season for Baldwin or Independence. The battle of the Bulldogs on Baldwin's field came down to five players from each team and their one-on-one shot with the opposing goalkeeper.

Senior Caleb Michels started it off with a blast that was blocked by the Independence goalie, while the first Independence player made his shot. Senior Clint Chapman tied the score at 1-1 before the the second IHS player shot his ball over the goal.

Sophomore Nick Joslyn gave BHS a 2-1 lead and goalkeeper Mason Bandré kept the lead with a stop on the third IHS player. Freshman Joel Dixon drilled his shot past the goalkeeper, but the next Independence player did the same.

“PKs are always nerve racking,” Bandré said. “After the first one, I knew I had to refocus and worry about the next one. You can't expect to save any of them if you aren't calm.”

All of the pressure rested with L. Joslyn, who is a four-year starter for the Bulldogs. He finished the game with a blast into the net. Baldwin won a 0-0 game on penalty kicks, 4-2.

“This is amazing,” L. Joslyn said. “This was our goal all year. We wanted to come back here and get revenge after losing in the regional finals last year.”

Baldwin earned a spot in the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history with Friday's win. BHS had previously played in three regional final games.

“The team did it,” coach Mark Joslyn said. “They played awesome. After things settled in, I thought we were the better team. We had lots of chances. They had a very good defense. I just hoped we didn't lose in PKs. The kids stepped up and Mason had some big saves. Everybody played terrific and this is an exciting win.”

The Bulldogs will play at 7 p.m. Monday at Rose Hill in the state quarterfinals.

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