Baldwin High soccer team ends season
The Baldwin High School girls soccer team’s season ended last Thursday with a 5-1 loss to Bishop Miege in the second-round of regional playoffs.
Bishop Miege, the top-seeded team in the regional, built a 2-0 lead at halftime and lead 5-0 before Baldwin senior Sierra McKinney converted a penalty kick with 44 seconds remaining in the match.
“The second half, we went out with the game plan of ‘lets stop the bleeding.’ If it was still 2-0 near the end of the game, we would push everybody up and try to get some scores, They got some good shots. They are the No. 1 seed. They’re supposed to be a good team.”
The match marked the end of the BHS careers of seniors Isabelle Buckley and McKinney, who has been the Bulldogs top scoring threat since her freshman year. After the match, McKinney said the BHS program that started with her freshman season was making progress.
“It’s been good, but I’ve been here from the beginning so it’s kind of sad,” said McKinney, who will play soccer at Baker University. “From year to year, I think we’ve grown. I think it will continue to grow. There’s a lot of good girls coming in next year and the years after that.
Kindle shared McKinney’s assessment. The program has improved each year except for a drop off in 2014, he said. He looked for continued improvement despite the loss of McKinney and Buckley.
“We lose two seniors, but we’re getting some club players as freshmen,” he said. “We lose a forward and midfield, but we have players who can fill those positions. We’re losing two and getting five, so we’re really looking forward to next year.”
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 7-10 record.