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4/24/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Ethan Krogman Goalkeeper has 20 saves in shutout
Rebel boys blank Prince of Peace 2-0 for first victory

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

Even with a strong wind wreaking havoc, it was the Northeast boys soccer team who truly blew the competition away during Thursday night's road contest with Prince of Peace.

Using the gusting wind to their advantage in the first half, the Rebels jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Irish heading into intermission.

In the second half, it was Prince of Peace who had a chance to use the wind, but a strong effort from the Northeast defense, and goalkeeper Ethan Krogman in particular, kept the Irish off the board and gave the Rebels their first victory of the season.

"This (the win) will be a huge confidence booster for the guys," Northeast head coach Sarah Schoon said. "It was very windy last night so we (decided) to go with the wind in the first half - the guys knew that the wind would carry the ball and to shoot from the outside."

The wind certainly played a part in the Rebels' first goal as defender Brett Hoyer was in the process of sending the ball into the Northeast offense.

Instead, the ball held up in the wind and ended up bouncing right into the goal to make it 1-0 Northeast (it was the first shot this season for Hoyer).

A short time later, the Rebels were on the board again as senior Danny Specht launched a ball from the left side of the field that curved with the wind - "it was a beautiful shot," Schoon said - and into the goal to make it 2-0.

The Rebels had other chances during the first half (they had 10 shots as a team), including an additional shot on goal by Specht and a close call by Travis Barten, but settled for a 2-0 advantage as the two teams went into the break.

Now it was up to the Northeast defense to make sure the lead stuck as the Rebels had to fend off an Irish attack that now had the wind at its back.

"The game plan for the second half was to keep the ball low to the ground, so the wind wouldn't stop the ball," Schoon said.

The Rebels worked hard to retain possession, but Prince of Peace was still able to fire off a large number of shots.

All of the Irish's attempts, though, were gobbled up by Krogman, who posted a season-high 20 saves during the contest (the 20 saves tied for 12th-most in the state this year).

The exclamation point on Krogman's big game came with less than 10 minutes remaining, as the junior stonewalled a penalty kick attempt that would have cut the Rebels' lead in half.

Instead, Northeast claimed the shutout with the 2-0 victory.

Matt Lorenzen led the Rebels with three shots with Specht adding two. Barten, Darrin Farrell, Hoyer, Zach Scott and Connor Soenksen also had shots for Northeast.

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