Boys soccer battles through rough stretch
The Kasson-Mantorville boys soccer team battled through a rough stretch this week as they dropped a pair of games. The struggles began with last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Waseca at home and continued on the road against Red Wing on Tuesday night. Against the Wingers, the KoMets were playing without senior captain and leading scorer Andy Plein for the second straight game. With the injury bug looming, they were unable to muster any quality scoring chances. Meanwhile, Red Wing clocked the first goal with 38 seconds left in the first half when Nick Ramsted headed in an Ahira Tsuchiya corner kick. The Wingers would strike again midway through the second half when Jared Langer finished the scoring with a shot from 20 yards out for a 2-0 victory. Red Wing outshot the KoMets 9-6 with Jack Peterson saving seven shots. On Saturday, the KoMets headed to Winona and K-M came out with a lot of heart and hustle as they controlled play for the first 20 minutes. Looking for some offense, K-M was happy to see the return of Plein and moved fellow captain Daniel Woodrum up to midfield. Those moves seemed to pay off early, but in the 25th minute, a free kick was converted by Winona’s Oscar Hedin for the go ahead goal. The rest of the game was played evenly by both teams but Ivan Kovala sealed it for the Winhawks with eight minutes left with a shot from the right side to secure a second straight 2-0 defeat for K-M. The KoMets were outshot 9-7 in the contest. Senior fullback Ross Wagener had a very strong game in the defensive end as well as the attack for the KoMets.