Soccer falls to Paola, Baldwin
The Eudora soccer team was hoping to win its second game in a row, Thursday at home against Paola. But the Panthers spoiled that with a 4-0 victory.
Paola was big, faster and more athletic, and controlled possession most of the game.
“It wasn’t our best day technically, the small things just weren’t there,” Eudora soccer coach Gunar Harmon said. “Against a bigger faster team, they started eight seniors and three juniors. They’re big and they’re fast, and you could see why they’re able to hold their own against the bigger schools athletically. Tactically, you can use speed to an advantage.
“It wasn’t incredibly sophisticated what they did,” Harmon said. “We’ve certainly seen that or better from the teams we’ve lost to already this season, not to take their win a way from them, but we just gave too much of the ball to them.”
Paola kept Eudora goalkeeper Michael-Shayne Baxter busy, but he made several nice saves, including a diving and leaping save.
Eudora pushed the ball deep into the box a few times, but strong winds seemed to affect Eudora’s shots. In the second half, Jacob Beck put up a shot along the right sideline just outside the edge of the box that looked like it was going in. But the wind pushed it, and the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar.
“We haven’t really gotten used to the wind,” Beck said. “Playing with that was a real setback. They were a lot more conditioned than us.”
Eudora played Tonganoxie Saturday on the road and fell, 6-0. Eudora also took on Baldwin Tuesday at home and lost a close battle, 2-0.
In the first half it was a scoreless game until Baldwin scored on a left corner about midway through the half. Eudora tried to answer and nearly did twice during the next few minutes, but two shots by Matt Jump couldn’t find the net.
Baldwin also had another scoring opportunity late in the half, but Baxter’s leaping save kept the score at 1-0 heading into the break.
Eudora controlled the first 20 minutes of the second half, but Baldwin scored on a cross when Baxter made another leaping save at the net. The ball deflected off his hands and a Baldwin player snuck a goal into the right corner of the net.
“They should be happy with their effort,” Harmon said. “Following Saturday’s game, this was much more improved team, much more cohesive in the effort that we gave going forward. I’m pleased to say that if we can maintain this kind of effort, we can get good results. But we’ve got to bring it every day.”
Next up for the Cardinals is a Thursday road contest at Spring Hill.