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Lawrenceburg's Max Reinshagen (31) gets tangled up with Oldenburg Academy's Matthew Hoog in Tuesday's 2-1 season-opening win by the Twisters at Dick Meador Stadium. (Sandy Mahoney)


LAWRENCEBURG - In a season-opening battle of state-ranked boys varsity soccer teams Tuesday, Aug. 14, Lawrenceburg's Jason Goepper tied the contest 1-1 on a picturesque head ball goal, off the long cross from Max Reinshagen, at 13:22 in the second half.

But the preseason 20th-ranked (Class 2A) Tigers, who outshot No. 4 (Class A) Oldenburg Academy 13-12 (6-6 on goal), fell victim to the visiting Twisters on senior captain Matthew Hoog's rebound goal with 3:52 remaining, putting away the game-winner off the carom of junior Garriot Scott's 10-yard try.

Driving home the rebound that settled perfectly at his feet, Hoog registered his first career varsity goal.

In an evenly-matched contest on the artificial turf at Dick Meador Stadium, Twisters drew first blood early on, with junior defender Max Kirschner chesting the ball at the far post, off the corner kick by senior captain Lucas McFee at 35:10. It also marked Kirschner's first varsity goal.

OA held a 6-5 shot advantage in the first 45 minutes.

Coach Dewayne Uhlman's Tigers had plenty of chances, holding a final 7-3 advantage in corner kicks, while called for offside once.

Tiger goalkeeper Zach Kozlowski was credited with three saves, while Twisters keeper Chris Hautman had five.