Baldwin goes on road to defeat state runner-up in soccer opener
Tonganoxie — The Baldwin High School boys soccer team went on the road Friday to earn a hard-fought 5-3 season-opening victory.
The game matched two teams who advanced to the 1A-4A state tournament last fall. Coach Mark Joslyn said the Bulldogs got off to a fast start against the physical Tonganoxie team, taking a 3-0 advantage in the first period. The goals were from Nick Joslyn on an assist from Russell Cloon, Brendan Owings on an assist from Noah Pippert and Pippert on an assist from Caleb Othick.
Tonganoxie got a late first-half goal before Owings found the net again off a Joslyn assist early in the second period.
The home-standing Chieftains then scored two-straight goals and threatened to tie the score when they were awarded a penalty kick in front of the Bulldogs’ goal. Baldwin goalie Tyler Courtney made a nice save on a well-struck ball to preserve the lead and change the momentum of the match. Oliver Elphick scored one last goal for the Bulldogs off an assist from Joslyn for the match’s final score.
“I was pleased by the win as it is always a tough match against Tongie,” Baldwin coach Joslyn said. "Also, I thought the team played very well for large portions of the game, possessing the ball and winning it back quickly when lost. We certainly dictated the tempo of the game. Occasionally, however, we were unable to maintain concentration and Tongie capitalized. All in all, however, it was a very nice win to start the season.“
The Bulldogs will play the first home match and start Frontier League play with a 4 p.m. game Tuesday against Paola.