In a late non-conference game, the Thunderbirds traveled to Kingsford High School for a match.
Kingsford scored early and won 4-1.
Backup goalie Adam Klappa played in goal for Vincent Strong, who sat because of injury. Kingsford took advantage right away, scoring two goals in the first four minutes.
“Not having (Vincent) in goal was definitely tough for us,” assistant coach John Tharman explained.
In addition to Strong, Brandon Boh did not play because of the red card he received Thursday, Sept. 26 at Medford.
“We were down a few key players, but we still as a team could’ve came out better in the first half,” Tharman said.
Because of Kingsford’s quick start, the Thunderbirds did not come out with a ton of energy. It was a sluggish beginning for the Thunderbirds.
“They scored two goals in the first four minutes and we just came out flat in this game and didn’t have a good start,” Tharman said.
The Thunderbirds did come out with much more bounce in the second half. Collin Quade got a chance at forward to give the Thunderbirds more of a scoring chance.
Quade did just that. On a through ball to the middle, Kingsford took Quade down in the box, setting up a penalty kick. Quade capitalized and the Thunderbirds were on the board.
“We changed our lineup a bit as Collin played as a forward,” Tharman said. “Ihor and I had talked about doing that. He was trying to be a little more of an offensive threat up front and I think he did a good job of it.”
The Thunderbirds next game came at home against conference foe Rhinelander on Thursday. Coverage of that will be in the Oct. 8 edition of The Times
Up next, the Thunderbirds host non-conference Washburn on Monday, Oct. 7 starting at 6 p.m.
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