The Metro Rage traveled to Kokomo on Monday night to play the Kokomo Home School Eagles. The Rage wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard just two minutes into the game. Senior Mason Zolman (NHS) snapped home a header on a cross sent in by fellow Senior Noah Shear (NHS). The Eagles would counter on a deflected shot that snuck past Rage Goalkeeper Tanner Profitt.
The 1-1 tie did not last long as Zolman would score again at the 14 and 20 minute marks when he redirected two deflected shots in the back of the net to put the Rage up 3-1. Freshman Logan Peas (NHS) would add a fourth goal for the Rage after receiving a crossed ball from Rarker Mays (SHS) with four minutes left in the half to give the Rage a 4-1 lead at the half.
The Rage would score their fifth goal of the night at the 43 minute mark when Wyatt Davis (WHS) converted a penalty kick awarded to the Rage for an Eagle “hand ball” in the 18 yard box. The Rage would return the favor three minutes later when they also handled the ball in the 18 yard box. Goalkeeper Tanner Proffitt guessed correctly on the shot and deflected the ball but could not keep it from crossing the line to make the score 5-2.
The Rage final sixth goal came at the 77 minute mark when Peas found Mays unmarked on the back post and slipped a ball through several defenders. Mays promptly buried the ball before the Eagles goalie could adjust.
After the win, Coach Jeff Hobson was very satisfied with the win. “We were missing a few players tonight due to illness so I was not exactly sure who we would actually have on the field. We played some people in different spots and I felt like we adjusted well. This team is getting better every time we play so I am happy.” Hobson went on to say “Mason Zolman played the best game I have ever seen him play tonight. His first goal was a picture perfect header and his next two were just hustle goals. It was neat to see Mason play so well.”
Coach Nick Striker lauded the teams defensive effort. “I felt like we were pretty organized from a defensive standpoint tonight. We could also hear the kids communicating on the field. We are constantly telling them that you have to talk to play this game and we heard lots of talk tonight.”
The Rage are now 3-2 on the year and return to action on Thursday night when they travel to Marion’s Ballard Field to play the King’s Academy. The JV game will start at 5:15pm followed by the varsity game at 6:30pm.