The Oldenburg Academy boys soccer team is now only one of eight teams remaining in Class A following a 4-3 victory over Scecina Memorial on Saturday.
The Twisters rallied from a 3-1 halftime deficit to knock off the Crusaders in the championship game at the Knightstown Regional.
It did not look good for the Twisters early, but they proved an outcome is not determined until the final horn sounds.
“The first 20 minutes of the game we were on our heels ... we let Scecina control the tempo,” OA head coach Ken Getz commented.
Hayden Johnson scored the team’s only goal of the first half off an assist by Daniel Mullen.
Just as the defense improved in the second half so did the offense. Taylor Reed scored on a penalty kick and Mullen on an assist by Ted Geis to knot the score at 3-3. A Josh Kinker goal with 4:09 to play in the game proved to the game-winner.
Matty Hurm led the defensive effort and got some needed help in the second half. “Matty came up big and made some outstanding defensive plays,” Getz commented. He also credited freshman Tyler Wachsman with giving the team a lift in the defensive end.
Twisters advance to finals
The Twisters defeated Greenwood Christian by a score of 2-1 on Thursday in the first round of the Knightstown Regional.
Oldenburg dominated the early stages of the game. Corner kicks that were played right in front of the goal came up empty as GC would find a way to avoid a goal.
Still, the Twisters kept attacking and finally produced the end result they wanted.
“This game was a tale of two halves,” Getz commented. “We played a great first half as we possessed the ball and kept the pressure on their defense.”
The Twisters outshot Greenwood 14-1 in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The second half was a lot different as Greenwood Christian built some momentum and began to generate some offensive opportunities of its own.
The Twisters broke the scoreless tie early in the second half. Aaron Huber scored from the weak side off a good read from Hayden Johnson.
“That seemed to inspire Greenwood as if they had scored,” Getz commented. “All of a sudden it seemed they had the momentum.”
Greenwood Christian scored near the midway point in the second half on a corner kick.
The Twisters did not fold. With roughly 10 minutes left in the game, Geis found Johnson on a cross and he converted.
Despite a few anxious moments and aggressive attacks from Greenwood Christian, the Twisters held on for the victory.
“Taylor Reed has really stepped up his game as he along with Ted controlled the midfield, especially in the first half,” Getz commented. “Daniel (Mullen) had some great reads in the first half as he found his teammates with some nifty passing.
“Sergio (Dole) and Jordan (Kramer) came off the bench to give some us some good minutes in the mid and at the forward spot,” he added.
Defensively, the Twisters continued to get sole play from Matty Hurm. Getz also credited Luke Weisenbach with “his best game of the year”.
Goalkeeper Jeremy Kelnhofer had a quiet night in goal and that had a lot to do with his defense in front of him, according to Getz. “Mark (Hoog), Josh (Kinker) and Brian (Weberding) just didn’t let much get by them,” he commented.
The Twisters will play at the Floyd Central Semistate on Saturday at 10 a.m.