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HVA Soccer shuts down Karns

Jeff Lohman will always remember Hardin Valley Academy’s 2011 soccer victory over Karns.

Lohman, the Hawks’ freshman forward, scored his first career varsity goal in Hardin Valley’s 4-0 District 3-AAA victory over the visiting Beavers Thursday, April 14.

“This game is one for the memory,” Lohman said after the Hawks avenged last year’s loss to rival Karns. “It feels good to score a goal against anybody, but it’s really special to get one against Karns.

“That’s the cherry on the cake.”

Lohman, who tallied his milestone marker in the 21st minute of the match, opened the 2011 campaign on the Hawks’ junior varsity squad. But his early play made him impossible for Hardin Valley head coach Mike McLean to ignore. McLean promptly promoted the youngster to a very talented varsity team that is seeking a second consecutive district championship.

“He’s a freshman and that was a special goal for him,” McLean said of his freshman forward. “He works so hard and good things are going to happen for him.”

Lohman was quick to credit veteran forward Nick Skoda, who was credited with an assist on the marker.

“Skoda gave me a great pass and this goal was an all-around team effort,” said Lohman, who scored the lone goal of the first 40 minutes.

The Hawks (7-0-3 overall, 3-0 in District 3-AAA) had several scoring opportunities go awry as they struggled to find their shooting touch in the early stages.

Hardin Valley had a marker nullified by an off-sides call in the 11th minute. Karns goalkeeper Steven Gibson also turned away a penalty shot by Skoda in the first half. Hardin Valley, which had 10 quality shots in the first half, had several opportunities hit the post and crossbar.

McLean said his former team came prepared to play.

“This game is always fun,” said McLean, who coached the Beavers prior to taking the Hawks job three years ago. “[Karns coach] Caleb [Whitworth] really had them ready to play.”

It was the second consecutive shutout for the Hawks, who blanked Webb 3-0 on the road two days earlier with senior Dwayne Tucker in goal. Joey Hinshaw shut out the Beavers by stopping three Karns shots.

The Hawks extended their edge to 2-0 just after halftime when Skoda tallied in the 43rd minute.

In the waning moments, Hayden Zelem scored in the 79th minute off a pass from Skoda.

Senior Jonathan Perelman, a favorite target for the Karns fans, scored the game’s last goal just before the final whistle.

“It was great to score that goal because the Karns fans were really giving me a hard time,” he said. “It was great to get a shutout against Karns.”


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