Niles soccer team slips past Kalamazoo Loy Norrix

Published 6:25 am Wednesday, October 10, 2007

By By SCOTT NOVAK / Niles Daily Star
NILES – Kyle Looney scored in the 78th minute to lift the Niles varsity soccer team to a 3-2 win over host Kalamazoo Loy Norrix Tuesday night in the Big 16 Soccer Tournament.
The win allows Niles (6-10-1) to host the next round on Thursday night. The Vikings will take on Battle Creek Central at 5:45 p.m.
Loy Norrix grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick.
The Vikings responded in the final minute of the opening half as Zak Herrmann found the back of the net.
Niles took a 2-1 lead early in the second half as Alex Welch headed a ball into the net off an assist by Colin Freas in the 49th minute.
The Knights tied up the match at 2-2 in the 64th minute, however Looney's goal on a through ball from Billy Siderits.
"We played a solid match tonight from start to finish," Niles coach Jerry Holtgren said. "It is a great feeling to get a win like this against a quality opponent. We have had problems finding the net the last few games and finally broke through with some great combinations and finishes.
"Colin Freas and Billy Siderits did great jobs setting up opportunities and Alex Welch and Kyle Looney aggressively found the net. Both of them hit the corners, Alex with a head and Kyle with his foot. Zak Herrmann had a well-played dead ball for our first goal that had a lot of pace on it. We were able to work the ball all game and our defense played well throughout. Ryan Wyland, Justin Zimmerman, and Grant Cramer along with keeper Zack Bloss anchored the defense. We played with a real fire and intensity which really helped us," he added.
Niles…3
Loy Norrix.2
Halftime Score
Niles 1, Loy Norrix 1
First Half
LN – penalty kick 32nd minute
N – Zak Herrmann 39th minute
Second Half
N – Alex Welch, Colin Freas (assist) 49th minute
LN – 64th minute
N – Kyle Looney, Billy Siderits (assist) 78th minute
Shots on Goal
Niles 12, Loy Norrix 6
Saves
Niles (Zach Bloss) 4
Loy Norrix 5