Kohler comes through for Knights

Se­nior scores twice in win over Kennett

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@ 21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @khunter10 on Twit­ter

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.”

BOB RAINES — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kennett’s David Car­ba­jal and North Penn’s Nick Terchek fight for the ball Thurs­day night.

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