Baldwin girls get first-ever soccer win
The Baldwin High School girls soccer team won its first match of the year and program history Monday with a 2-1 victory against visiting De Soto.
The victory came after De Soto took an early 1-0 lead. Baldwin tied the score when junior Jessie Katzer was fouled in the box in front of De Soto’s goal with less than a minute to play in the first half. Freshman Sierra McKinney then tied the score on a penalty kick.
The goal gave the Bulldogs a big boost going into half time, coach Erryn Kindle said.
“It was big because after that there was only 53 seconds in the half,” he said. “We were able to use that energy to come out in the second half and hold them scoreless.”
The team went ahead about10 minutes into the second half when McKinney scored her second goal of the game.
The difference in the match and the season-opening loss to Lawrence and a March 28 4-1 defeat to Basehor-Linwood was the Bulldogs’ growing cohesiveness as a team, Kindle said.
“They’ve been working really hard in practice,” he said. “We supported each other all over the field.
“It was more of a team effort defensively, which gives us more attack opportunities.”
The total team effort limited De Soto’s scoring chances, and junior goalie Morgan Smith was able to turn away all shots on goal.
“There was nothing I couldn’t handle,” she said.
Junior captain Carrie Deitz said the victory validated the work the team has given in practice.
“We started this season expecting to do well,” she said. “It’s really nice to get a win.”
McKinney score the first goal in program history in the loss to Basehor-Linwood.
“That was a game that could have had a completely different story had we not played Lawrence the night before,” he said. “We really came together in the second half.”
The team will play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at K.C. Piper. Its next home match is at 4:30 p.m. Monday against Tonganoxie.