WATERLOO — Senior night is always special for any graduating high school athlete.
Waterloo Columbus forward Jacob Schons made his night in the spotlight one to remember Tuesday with four goals that helped the seventh-ranked Sailors to a 6-2 win over fourth-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck in a top 10 soccer showdown.
The Sailors (8-6) scored five times in the first half, including a hat trick by Schons.
“I was a little surprised at the way they came out to play, but not at all surprised by our abilities as a team,” Schons said. “It was great to do this on senior night and the only way it could have gone any better is if we could have won 10-0. We came out quick and we punched them in the mouth first.”
Schons delivered the first blow when he chipped a shot over an extended goalkeeper in the fifth minute. Just 12 minutes later, he put a blast on target that found its way through for a 2-0 lead.
“On that goal I just got into position and took the shot,” said Schons. “I saw him fumble it and it went in.”
Junior Nick McFarland planted a nice header into the net off a feed from Connor Martin in the 31st minute to make it 3-0, and Schons zigged and zagged through the Rebels defense and let loose a blast that cleared everything but the nylon to give Columbus a 4-nil advantage in the 34th minute.
Senior Alex Rhomberg enjoyed his final night at home with a penalty kick one minute after Schons’ third goal, putting the Sailors up 5-0 at the break.
“Those three quick goals really were the knockout punch for us,” Rebels coach Jon Dinsdale said. “They (Sailors) just came out and dominated us in the first half and I really cannot explain that. They had very good touches, had great communication and just flat-out dominated. We just were not ready to play.”
With an aggressive attack in the 50th minute, Schons picked up a loose ball in front and drove it home for a 6-0 lead.
“I really was expecting a good back-and-forth game so I was really surprised at the way the score ended up,” Columbus coach William Maletta said. “In my view we won because of conditioning.
“We kept crashing them and when we scored those three goals so quickly it made it hard for them to recover.”
The Rebels mustered up a second-half charge with goals from Erik Knaack and Caden Kickbush, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 8-4 on the season.
“This is not the best of times to go into a skid,” said Dinsdale. “We have two weeks to figure it out before substate. This will determine how we react to such a defeat.”