BHS soccer drops pair of one-goal league games
Since defeating Paola last week, the Baldwin High School boys' soccer team has dropped two tightly-contested Frontier League contests.
Coach Mark Joslyn and his players believe they should have won both games. However, mistakes right before and after halftime cost the Bulldogs (1-2-1) a pair of victories over top teams in the league.
On Tuesday, Baldwin was beaten by De Soto 3-2. BHS fell at Spring Hill 2-1 last Thursday.
“They were very similar games,” Joslyn said. “We got scored on by both teams late in the first half and then again another quick goal. They were both our issues instead of the other team scoring on us. When we put ourselves in that kind of hole, we can't dig out of it. We gave great effort, but that's too much to give a good team.”
Baldwin and De Soto were tied 1-1 late in the first half until the Wildcats took advantage of a BHS defensive mistake. The Wildcats passed the ball over most BHS defender, while one of their players took possession of the ball. Baldwin goalkeeper Mason Bandre ran up to grab the ball, but the De Soto player dribbled around him and walked the ball into the net with 1:30 remaining in the half.
De Soto took a 3-1 lead two minutes into the second half. Baldwin tried to pass the ball from its defense to Bandre, but the pass fell short. De Soto intercepted it and scored.
“We're playing well and playing better than our opponents for most of the game,” senior Caleb Michels said. “We just have to focus better during the last five minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half.”
Baldwin's loss to Spring Hill was similar to Tuesday's game. Spring Hill took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals during the final two minutes of the first half. Baldwin scored once in the second half and had more shots on goal than the Broncos, but couldn't tie the contest.
“We played a better soccer game than Spring Hill, but we couldn't finish our chances,” Joslyn said. “The kids played very hard and deserved a victory. We will work on finishing and greater possession in the weeks to come.”
Baldwin outshot Spring Hill 19-6 in the game. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs had 18 shots to De Soto's nine.
“At the offensive end, it would be nice if we could go out and score five or six goals to compensate for the other mistakes we make,” Joslyn said. “We're getting lots of shots, but we need to finish better. First thing we need to do is play some defense.”
Michels scored Baldwin's first goal of the game. It was his first of the season. The other goal was headed in by a De Soto player. Sophomore Nick Joslyn booted a midfield free kick right to the goal and the ball bounced backward off the Wildcat player's head.
“We're going to keep shooting,” Michels said. “We'll hit our stride during the middle of the season and we'll be OK.”
The Bulldogs next play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Eudora.