As a nemesis, the Waterloo Columbus soccer team pretty much qualifies in Beckman’s book. For the 10th straight game, dating back to 2011, the Sailors took out the Blazers. This time it took two overtime periods for their 2-1 Class 1A Regional final win in Waterloo.
Kennedy Arens drew first blood, about 10 minutes into the game, from about 25 yards out. Columbus wasted very little time answering, about a minute later, when a shot deflected by Blazer keeper Reese Osterhaus was rebounded back into the net.
“The rest of the game, we defended well as they shot from distance and even had a couple of free kicks,” said coach Greg Keegan. “We handled those well. We had our opportunities to get the go-ahead goal as well as a couple of good looks one-on-one with their keeper, but we were not able to finish.
“Columbus finally got the game-winner in the second OT when they got into the penalty area and connected on a shot up close. I was proud of how we played and felt we were in the game from the start. It could have easily gone either way. I felt we peaked as a team at the right time to put us in a position to win. It’s like they say “That’s why we play the game.’”
Notching shots on goal were Sydnie Reitzler three, Arens and Trista Schmidt two, Isabelle Kluesner, Emma Coohey and Kaylee Lehmann one. Osterhaus made 18 saves and the Blazers were awarded three corner kicks.