Baldwin soccer team eyeing league crown
The Baldwin High School boys soccer team improved its chances of winning the Frontier League and staying at home for post-season with two wins in the last week.
The Bulldogs beat Eudora, 6-0, last Thursday and defeated Louisburg, 4-1, Tuesday, improving their overall record to 11-1 and league mark to 8-1.
On Tuesday, Baldwin got two goals each from junior Russell Cloon and sophomore Joel Dixon in a 4-1 defeat of Louisburg. The two scored a goal in each half of the match.
Coach Mark Joslyn said Louisburg came into the match with a string of recent victories. The key to the Bulldogs success was getting an early lead, he said.
“We had a nice crossing goal from Russell (Cloon) to Joel (Dixon),” he said. “I thought our defense played well. Their goal kind of leaked in. It ricocheted off two of our legs to get in there.”
Baldwin, now ranked fifth in the 1A to 4A rankings and No. 1 in the state’s southeast region, has a chance to secure the league championship with win in its last two regular season games.
The Bulldogs go on the road today for a match at Ottawa, a team they beat, 6-0, earlier in the year. The team will play a non-league match against Maranatha Academy Monday before returning home to play De Soto, which handed Baldwin its sole loss of the year in a 1-0 match in September. De Soto has a loss and tie in the league, so a Bulldog victory would give them the league crown.
Adding victories will also help the team in post-season seeding.The better seeding, the more matches the Bulldogs will play at home in regional and, perhaps, earn home date of first-round state play.
“That looks good so far,” coach Joslyn said. “De Soto is playing well. They have a strong club. They will be a tough out.