By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
SOLON– It was Senior Night for the Spartans last Thursday as they hosted their friendly rivals, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in a varsity/JV match. The seniors, indeed the bulk of the Spartan bench, shined in an 8-2 hammering of the Clippers.
“It was a great night,” Spartan Coach Jeremy McMurrin said of the win which improved Solon’s record to 13-2. The Spartans had already taken co-champion status in the East Division of the WaMaC, and were ranked fourth in Class 1A heading toward post-season play.
The Clippers came into the battle with a 9-3 record and a number three ranking in the West Division of the WaMaC.
A first for both squads was having the match broadcast on live TV. KCRG brought out a complement of live trucks and cameras as the contest was telecast on channel 9.2.
Marshal Koehn struck first for the Spartans almost seven minutes into the match, then struck again with an unassisted goal just shy of 15 minutes in. Nick Brown put the third Spartan goal on the scoreboard at 21 minutes. Solon’s Chase Gross continued the punishment, scoring off an assist from Koehn. Colby Hawker scored Solon’s fifth goal in the 28th minute.
With the threat of a shut-out hanging over them, the Clippers rallied and put up a goal of their own as Ryan Hall shot and scored just seconds after Hawker’s goal. Later, Josh Rohret rocketed a high shot just over Spartan goalie Garrett Borger’s fingertips. The ball found the inside top of the net, giving the Clippers their second and last goal of the evening. The Spartans took a 6-2 lead into the halftime break.
Ben Reed scored for Solon in the 10th minute of the second half with an unassisted goal while Max Alberhasky put in the eighth and final goal of the night in the 15th minute with the assist from Nick Brown.
Solon and CCA both had first round byes for post-season play on May 23, and both are back in action on Wednesday, May 25, with CCA at Iowa Mennonite. May 28 finds CCA hosting sub-state finals with a 12 p.m. start.