Bulldog extends shutout streak to four games
The Baldwin High School soccer team won its fourth-straight game and earned its fourth-consecutive shutout with a 6-0 victory Tuesday against Ottawa.
The easy win, which improved Baldwin’s record to 7-1, came on the heels of the Bulldogs 3-0 victory in the wind and rain Friday at Louisburg.
Baldwin has given up one goal in its last five games, having last allowing a goal in its 1-0 loss on the road to De Soto.
“Our defense is playing well,” coach Mark Joslyn said. “I think the credit goes the back four on defense and (goalie) Mason (Bandre).
“Mason had a big game in the rain (at Louisburg). He seems to get a great save earlier in games that gets us going.”
The senior goalie had a relatively easy day Tuesday as Ottawa got few shots on goal and fewer still that were any threat to find the net. Baldwin pulled out to a 3-0 lead halfway through the first period and again jumped on the visiting Cyclones for three goals in the second half.
Junior Russell Cloon scored twice for the Bulldogs. Junior Nick Joslyn added a first-half goal in his first match back in the lineup after a shoulder separation. Also scoring in the match were sophomore Joel Dixon, senior Alex Petry and senior Austin Kraus, who blasted a penalty kick after Nate Clem was tripped up in front of the Ottawa goal.
“It feels good,” Cloon said. “We’re getting through the tougher teams pretty easy. I think we’re in a good spot. We need to keep improving and have a good run in state.”
Freshman Brendan Owings scored Baldwin’s first goal at Louisburg on a difficult shot in the rain, coach Joslyn said. The goal was big because it allowed the Bulldogs to play with the lead — as they have been in recent games — and establish their defense, he said.
All three goals at Louisburg were of set plays, with one coming off a corner kick and two from free kicks.
The Bulldogs next play Paola at 4 p.m. today at Baldwin High School. The Panthers will be looking to revenge an earlier one-goal loss to Baldwin in the second match of the season for both teams. The team will travel Tuesday to Spring Hill. The varsity match starts at 6 p.m.