Columbia College soccer wins against former coach

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | 7:58 p.m. CDT

COLUMIBA — Goalkeeper Matt McKenna hopelessly leaped toward a shot from Adalberto Hernandez.  The ball from the Lindenwood University-Belleville forward flew past McKenna and drilled the back of the net.

It was the second goal in two minutes from Hernandez. It cut the Columbia College four-goal lead in half. The Cougars would hold on to win 4-2, despite a strong comeback effort from the Lynx.

"They wanted it more in the second half," said Columbia College midfielder Andres Acosta. "We scored four goals and got too relaxed."

Coach John Klein said he didn't expect the team coached by Dan Hogan, the former Cougars soccer coach, to give up.

"He made us sweat in the second half," Klein said.

The Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Hogan on Friday night for his success as the school's soccer coach from 1991-1999. Hogan led the Cougars soccer program to a 122-59-8 record during his tenure. In his last season at Columbia College, the Cougars won a record 20 games.

Klein said he has a close relationship with Hogan, who gave him his first coaching opportunity as an assistant at Columbia College in 1995.

"He's my mentor in the coaching profession," Klein said. "I still rely on him for a lot of professional advice."

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