Baldwin completes tough season opening schedule with 3-1 record
The Baldwin High School soccer went 1-1 for the week, winning at home against Spring Hill before losing for the first time this season Monday at De Soto, 1-0.
Monday’s match ended a tough early season schedule that included two teams coach Mark Joslyn identified as the top competition in the Frontier League, De Soto and Spring Hill. The Bulldogs also beat Tonganoxie in a season-opening battle of state tournament qualifying teams from a year ago. Tonganoxie has since won three straight.
De Soto was the best team the Bulldogs have played, Joslyn said. Baldwin’s defense played very well in the loss, but the team was unable to generate an offense attack, partly because of De Soto’s midfield pressure, he said.
Last Thursday, Baldwin downed Spring Hill, 5-4, in a wild overtime match. The Bulldogs found themselves down, 2-0, at halftime, but took the lead with goals by Joel Dixon, Nick Joslyn, Russell Cloon and Nate Clem.
Baldwin appeared to have the game in hand until officials awarded Spring Hill a penalty kick with 50 seconds left in regulation. The Broncos converted to send the game into overtime.
The Bulldogs ended the suspense early in overtime with a goal off a corner kick. Brendan Ownings scored the goal a minute into the extra period.
Coach Joslyn said his team was a bit banged up but was playing through adversity and improving.
“If our defense continues to develop, we will be tough to beat,” he said.
Baldwin will step out of Frontier League play for a 6 p.m. match today at Basehor-Linwood. It will return home and to league play with a 4 p.m. match Tuesday against Eudora.
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