Baldwin High soccer team looks to start late season run
It wasn’t against the quality of competition the Bulldogs will face when they return to Frontier League action today, but Tuesday’s 10-1 route of Perry Lecompton was just what the doctor ordered for the Baldwin High School soccer team’s offense.
After battling to a scoreless tie last Thursday against St. Mary’s of Leavenworth, Baldwin overwhelmed a coed Kaws team that often had more coeds than boys on the field.
“Confidence,” Bulldog coach Andrew Ising said of what the game meant to his team. “The proof that we can score goals on anybody and that we can get the ball in the net. That’s our problem. We get a little self-conscious and don’t finish.”
Sophomore Blayne Chapman and senior Brendan Owings got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard as Baldwin claimed a 3-1 halftime lead. A number of Bulldogs got in the act in the second period, including rare goals from defenders Austin Ward and Austin Langham.
“Dylan Jamison scored probably the goal of the year for our last goal,” Ising said. “It was beautiful. He struck a volley out of the air into the top of the net.”
Ising said he was surprised with the strength of the St. Mary’s team that visited Baldwin High School last week.
“They were good and had a couple of really good players,” he said. “We had an off-shooting night. We defended well and didn’t give up any cheap goals, so that was good.”
Baldwin will return to action at 4 p.m. today, attempting to avenge a loss last month to arch-rival Eudora. The Bulldogs, now 5-6-2 on the year and 4-4 in Frontier League Play, have to opportunity to get back to .500 after starting the season 1-4.
“We have a chance to win some games in a row, so if we play as well as we can play we have a chance to that go into the De Soto match with a winning record locked up,” Ising said.
The match will bring to an end a three-game home stand. Baldwin will be on the road Monday at Louisburg.