Crowd motivates boys soccer in close game, but Lebo prevails


Brendan Harris

Baldwin’s varsity boys soccer team competes in the 4A division.

Kenzie Hirt and Leila Usanovic

The boys soccer team lost a close game to Mount Lebanon on Thursday, but the team enjoyed playing regardless, especially on homecoming carnival night.

Junior Jake Kunzman said the team played with all they had, but Lebo won 2-1.

“We played physically and didn’t give up,” he said. 

Sophomore Will Penrod thought they kept their energy up as well. 

“We all played with good intensity and connected our passes,” Penrod said.

Going into the game, the team had high hopes and knew that the game was winnable, since they were only beaten 1-0 the last time they played Lebo. 

“Since it was a close game last time, our plan was to outwork them and try and win every ball,” Kunzman said. “We wanted to keep them on their heels.”

The boys held off Mount Lebo until 20 minutes into the second half. The Highlanders refused to give up, with senior defenseman Josh Knight scoring in the last minute of the game.

The team also enjoyed the crowd that came.

“It was nice having a student section and having all that energy there,” Kunzman said.

Penrod agreed.

“The student section was really good and the support helped,” Penrod said.

The boys’ next game is away at Upper Saint Clair on Tuesday.