GLANDORF — The ball sloshed from one big puddle to the next.
It didn’t take long before the monsoon-like rain turned most of the field into a muddy quagmire.
Both coaches agreed to halt the game with Ottawa-Glandorf and Kalida tied at 2 with 16:51 to play in the boys soccer match Friday at the Ottawa-Glandorf Sports Complex.
“You couldn’t even kick the ball at the end,” Kalida’s Gabe Hovest said. “It would just stop. And you were sliding all over the place. It was getting pretty bad.’’
It was the opening night for boys soccer.
The Titans scored two goals off set pieces in the first half to grab a 2-0 lead.
Hovest scored two goals for Kalida in the second half, in the midst of the driving rain, which kicked in full force with 31 minutes to play.
Then, with 16:51 left to go, but coaches chatted and decided to stop the match with the field no longer playable or safe.
“That was a no-brainer,” Kalida coach Mark Czubik said of the decision to stop it. “When the ball stops rolling, it’s time to stop the game. And I think, more than anything, it was more from a danger standpoint for both teams. Kids just couldn’t keep their footing. You saw more water than anything.
“Luckily, for us, we were able to tie it up.’’
O-G coach Kyle Metzger said he couldn’t remember conditions quite this bad.
“This was wild,’’ he said. “When there’s a scrum and the ball isn’t going 2 feet because of the water, that’s when you know you have to call it before someone gets hurt,” Metzger said. “It was just unreal what happened out there.’’
Kalida outshot O-G 11-4.
Kalida a 6-4 shot advantage in the first half, but the Titans had both goals.
With 6:22 left in the first half, O-G’s Josh Rosengarten took a free kick from 40-yards out into the box and Ethan White chipped it into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Then, with 23 seconds left in the first half, White took a throw in and fired it into the box.
Connor Niese tried a shot from 12-yards out and the ball ricocheted off a Kalida defender.
The ball ended up on the foot of Derek Crumrine, who pounded it home to give the Titans a 2-0 lead.
“Two nice goals off set pieces and guys being in the right place at the right time,” Metzger said.
With the rain pounding away in the second half, one could barely see the other side of the field.
At that point Kalida’s Brad Siefker chipped the ball to Hovest, who headed it home from 10-yards out.
That brought Kalida within 2-1 with 24:18 to go.
“Brad kicked it up and no one was on me so I tapped it in,” Hovest said.
Kalida had two players injured during the match and didn’t return.
Kalida’s Logan Langhals went out in the first half with a knee injury, while Keith Doepker left with an ankle injury with 24 minutes to go.
Players were slipping and sliding through the mud and the ball was going only about 3 yards at a time before coming to a head halt in the mud or standing water.
In the midst of the muck, Hovest gathered up a loose ball 12-yards out and fired it past a sliding and slipping O-G goalkeeper Ethan Alt for the game-tying goal.
“Grant Laudick threw it in and it hit off Evan Roebke’s head and it was sitting right there,” Hovest said. “I just kicked it in.’’
That tied the match at 2 with 19:49 to go.
About three minutes later, the match was stopped.
Alt finished with seven saves.
Kalida goalkeeper Brayden Recker had one save.
Kalida had three corner kicks, while O-G had none.
“I couldn’t really tell what happened on both of our goals. It was raining so hard,” Czubik said. “I could hardly see across the field.’’
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