by Gary Andrews
The Metro Rage varsity soccer team suffered a 4-2 loss to the Indy Northwest Warriors in Indianapolis on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Warriors jumped on the Rage early and never looked back. The Rage gave up two goals inside of the first five minutes of the game. A penalty kick was awarded at the 29-minute mark and the fourth goal came with seven minutes left in the first half to give the Warriors a 4-0 half time lead.
The Rage responded with two goals in the first nine minutes of the second half to make the game interesting. Colton Dawes won a battle for a loose ball just inside the 18-yard box and played a ball to Zach Hobson, who ripped a shot to the near post two minutes into the second half. The Rage continued to pressure the Warriors in their own end of the field and scored again seven minutes later when Tanner Easterday served a ball into the box to Heath Miller who put the ball in the back of the net. The Rage held the Warriors scoreless in the second half with Julian Hobson making three big saves in the second half.
“We played the two best teams on our schedule in about a 40 hour span. Indy Northwest was a very good team, but we just looked tired,” commented Rage Coach Jeff Hobson. “I was really proud of the boys for playing on guts and pride the second half. We still looked tired, but I think they decided that they were going to show some character and play through the fatigue.”
Hobson went on to say “we gave up a total of three goals all year last year so giving up two goals in five minutes was totally out of character for us. I know the boys are looking forward to the rematch at our field on Oct. 3. It should be epic.”
The Rage JV team travels to Manchester on Wednesday night to play the Squire JV team and the varsity team travels to Kokomo to play the Kokomo Home School travel team on Thursday.