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August 21, 2013

Comets take down Wildkats for big opening win

Western also opens boys soccer season with win.

Eastern’s boys soccer team got a pair of netters after halftime to take a 3-1 victory over Kokomo on Tuesday in the season opener for both squads.

Jordan VanMatre scored Eastern’s opening goal just before halftime to stake the Comets to a 1-0 lead. Kokomo tied it after the break on a goal from Arland McIlrath but Darren Bellow scored to put the Comets back in front and Jordan VanMatre sealed the game with his second netter. Ethan Campbell dished out an assist and Eastern goalie Delon Tuggle had 14 saves.

“Kokomo came out and they were tough,” Eastern coach John VanMatre said. I’m glad we got the [first] goal on them when we did. We were getting a lot of opportunities and shots and we were getting the ball forward but we weren’t getting a good look at goal to get it in. That took a lot of pressure off.”

For the Kats, Keagan James assisted McIlrath’s equalizer. Caleb Cook had nine saves.

“We were not able to sustain pressure throughout the game, but it was a good run for the new players,” Kokomo coach Kismet Morrison said.


The Panthers got off to a good start to the season with home shutout against Taylor in the season opener for both teams.

Jordan Roe had two goals and an assist to lead the Western offense. Chris Root had two goals. Mason May, Nic Downing and Blake Boring each scored once. Zac Simpson also dished out an assist. Edgar Sanchez had two saves in the first half and center fullback Downing also saved a ball on the line to hold the Titans off the scoreboard.

“Of course it’s good to start off with a good win but I thought the boys played well,” Western coach Mike Roe said. “This summer’s been kind of easy on us and our first game was in quite a bit of humdity, it was pretty hot out. We got off to a little bit of a rough start early but we hit our rhythm. For a first game I thought we did very well.”

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