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Cannon Falls senior goalkeeper Bennett Lochner makes a diving save during the Bombers' 3-0 loss to the Kasson-Mantorville Komets Tuesday evening. Lochner was great in goal for the Bombers despite the result. Alec Hamilton / Cannon Falls Beacon

The Cannon Falls Bombers boys’ soccer team hosted the Kasson-Mantorville Komets Tuesday evening behind Cannon Falls Elementary. The Bombers fell to the Komets 3-0 but the match was much closer than the score indicates. The two teams were scoreless after the first half on a good defensive effort by Cannon Falls before K-M scored three times in the second half.

The Komets’ first goal came about five minutes into the first half on a long, snipe of a shot from the left wing that snuck into the back, upper-right corner of the net over the outstretched arms of Bomber goalkeeper Bennett Lochner. Just a few minutes later, K-M scored again on a broken play where Lochner got caught up in a crowd of bodies and the Komets were able to take advantage. Both goals came with a degree of luck and the match very easily could have been a 1-0 result, or a tie. Kasson-Mantorville scored their third and final goal in the final minutes.

Cannon Falls’ offense really improved after half time and they were able to create a few dangerous chances in the first 10-20 minutes of the second half. The Bombers are a young team that head coach Tim Langdon said is still finding its footing.

“The boys are starting to get together and play well,” he said. “They’re a young team, we’ve got ninth graders out there and tenth-graders starting. We’re only returning three seniors, it’s a whole new team. It takes a while to get the dynamics, the chemistry together, but they’re doing really well.”

A standout for Cannon Falls was the play of Lochner. He made several saves, including a couple difficult ones, and was loud and vocal organizing the Bombers’ back line.

“Yep, he played a great game,” Langdon said about Lochner. “The other one, a new position for him, is Hunter Singewald, he’s playing phenomenal back there.”

Cannon Falls is 0-2 so far this season with the loss to the Komets and a 2-1 loss to St. Charles/Lewiston-Altura last Saturday. The Bombers’ next match is Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Lake City.

Other Tuesday area scores

  • After beating Tri-City United 1-0 on the road Monday, Cannon Falls girls’ soccer lost at Kasson-Mantorville 8-0. The Bombers host Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 2, and then go to Faribault on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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