Ottumwa beats Oskaloosa in boys’ soccer opener

Oskaloosa’s boys’ soccer season started its season Thursday night (3/28) with a 2-1 loss at Ottumwa.  The Indians’ goal came from Josh Hartl in the 37th minute.  That tied the score at halftime, but Ottumwa got a penalty kick in the 74th minute, which Gerardo Magana converted for the game-winning goal.  Oskaloosa Coach Greg Walter says he was pleased with the team’s effort.

“We had four freshmen starting the game. We’re young and we had a couple players hurt, banged up from our scrimmage Tuesday night….we had a couple players that were sick.  Lots of players stepped up.  I can’t say enough of the effort.  Probably of the four years I’ve coached the boys, what an effort.  First game of the season, we have some things we need to tweak, but we can improve on that.  To lose 2-1 to a great Ottumwa team, that’s something that’s going to be exciting to go forward with it.”

The Indians’ boys open their home season Tuesday night (4/2) against Grinnell.  That will be our first Oskaloosa soccer broadcast on the No Coast Network.  Our live coverage will start at 6:45 Tuesday night.

Also in boys’ soccer Thursday, Newton defeated South Polk 1-0.  On Friday night, Knoxville’s girls will host Boone in a 7:00 game.


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