No Kaws for concern as Baldwin High soccer team wins again
The Baldwin High School soccer team toughed out a 3-0 victory Tuesday against visiting Perry-Lecompton, improving to 11-0-1 on the season.
“I think we played very well,” coach Mark Joslyn said. “By the way, that was a good keeper they had, too. I haven’t been this happy in a while in terms of offensive and defensive performance.”
Joslyn prediction from a week earlier that the Kaws would be tough to score against proved to be the case.
“We have a lot of talent on our team, but that team if very hard to break down,” he said. “I think they did a very good job defending with six or eight players back.”
The Bulldogs countered by putting one or two attackers near the side of the box.
“We got goals from them. That’s how you attack teams that defend like that,” he said.
The Bulldogs led 1-0 at halftime thanks to a nifty goal from senior Nick Joslyn at a sharp angle deep to the left of the Perry-Lecompton goal.
The senior would score all of Baldwin’s goals, scoring twice within a minute in the second half. Joslyn credited his teammates Russell Cloon and Duncan Murray for assists on his second-half goals.
“On the second shot, I passed to Rusty and he passed it back, and on the third one I passed it to Duncan (Murray) and he did the same thing,” he said.
The Bulldogs are 7-0-1 in Frontier League with four league matches left on their regular-season schedule. First up is a home match Thursday against Eudora, perhaps the league’s weakest team.
The competition level steps up with the three concluding regular season matches. The stretch includes a match the road Oct. 14 at Louisburg, at home Oct. 17 game against Ottawa and a visit Oct. 21 to De Soto for a rematch with the Wildcats.
“Louisburg at Louisburg is going to be a good, tough match,” coach Joslyn said. “We were tied with Ottawa at half down there, and of course De Soto.”
An Sept. 9 tie with De Soto is the only thing tarnishing Baldwin’s season record. Last year, De Soto escaped with two 1-0 victories against the Bulldogs.
Joslyn said the tougher competition late in the season would help the team prepare for the playoffs.
“I think it will be good for us,” he said. “I think this game was good for us. That was a good team with a good record.”
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