Kohler’s hat trick leads Bombers past Tigers

WILLIAM RAUTMANN (16) of Howards Grove tries to gain possession against two unidentified Kohler players in Tuesday’s soccer opener. The Tigers’ Jet Lee is also shown. – Review photo by Greg CeilleyWILLIAM RAUTMANN (16) of Howards Grove tries to gain possession against two unidentified Kohler players in Tuesday’s soccer opener. The Tigers’ Jet Lee is also shown. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley
HOWARDS GROVE – Senior midfielder Jack Kohler’s hat trick sparked Kohler to a 5-2 boys soccer win over the Howards Grove Tigers here Tuesday afternoon.

The Big East Conference match was the season opener for both teams. HG and the Blue Bombers figure to be BEC title contenders this season.

The Blue Bombers led 4-0 in the first half on the strength of two goals each from Kohler and Ben Herold.

The Tigers rallied to cut the deficit to 4-2 at halftime on a goal each by Rozz Yost and Jordan Peterson in the 38th and 41st minutes, respectively.

The Blue Bombers went up 5-2 on Kohler’s goal in the 62nd minute.

“We struggled matching Kohler’s aggressiveness, and sustaining quality possessions. Kohler did an excellent job staying connected and getting into transition against us,” said Tiger head coach Bob Peterson.


MITCHELL MCDANIEL (18) of Howards Grove and an unidentified Kohler player hustle after the ball in Tuesday’s soccer opener. The Tigers’ Jack Baldwin (21) and Austin Bender (goalie) look on. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley MITCHELL MCDANIEL (18) of Howards Grove and an unidentified Kohler player hustle after the ball in Tuesday’s soccer opener. The Tigers’ Jack Baldwin (21) and Austin Bender (goalie) look on. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “We had some good looks but just couldn’t find the back of the net enough.

“Hats off to Rod Hogan [Kohler head coach] and the Kohler team. They were well prepared and have some really nice talent. We will get back to work and work hard at correcting our weaknesses,” said Peterson.

The Blue Bombers led 10-7 in shots on goal. Tiger goalkeeper Austin Bender made five saves.

“I thought freshman Ryan Baldwin played a very solid game on defense for us. I thought we possessed the ball better as the game went on and were able to make some quality runs but just couldn’t finish inside the 18-yard line,” Peterson said.



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