Kohler comes through for Knights
Senior scores twice in win over Kennett
TOWAMENCIN » Mike Kohler’s first goal came just seven minutes into the contest, giving North Penn an early edge over Kennett.
That was all the Knights needed Thursday night in the second round of the District 1 4A boys soccer tournament, but Kohler added another one anyway.
Kohler’s pair of goals and a defensive effort led by Noah Kwortnik powered fifth-seeded North Penn to a rainy 2-0 victory over No. 21 Kennett at North Penn.
“They’re a good team,” Knights coach Paul Duddy said of the Blue Demons, a team on the rise that will graduate just three seniors. “They had great team speed and a couple outside players that were very quick. (Dan Kunzij and Josh Ramagano) were very quick. Usually we match up speed-wise with anybody but they gave us some problems.”
It was a tremendous run for Kennett (10-7-2), which earned an upset win over Spring-Ford in the first round and played an impressive 80 minutes of soccer in Round Two.
“I was proud of the kids. They played with a lot of heart,” Kennett coach Mike Barr said of his team. “North Penn got on top of us right away and we had a few injuries going in. The season had some ups and downs but we ended on a positive note, getting to districts and winning the Ches-Mont (League).
“We’ll learn and grow from what happened tonight and we should have a good team next year.”
Kennett also got some outstanding saves from Almanza throughout the night, making the two goals by Kohler — especially the second one — that much more impressive.
“He’s pretty incredible,” Duddy said of the senior. “He’s a special player.”
Kennett’s David Carbajal and North Penn’s Nick Terchek fight for the ball Thursday night.