OSKALOOSA — Ottumwa's soccer team got a wakeup call just four minutes into its season opener against Oskaloosa Thursday night at Lacey Complex Stadium.
Jordan Silvers got the Indians on the board first on a chilly, misty night and it looked like they would pull off the upset.
But the Bulldogs bounced back with four goals in a 10-minute span and never looked back in taking a 7-4 victory.
Alfredo Montaya-Gonzalez and Ismar Argueta both had hat tricks for the Bulldogs while Jakub Janous had one for the Indians.
Ottumwa coach Aaron Rose thought the quick goal by Oskaloosa told his team to get their heads into the game.
"The first goal really woke our team up," Rose said. "Some of the guys were yelling at one another, getting them motivated. It was a real eye-opener for us that we needed to step it up."
Montaya-Gonzalez had a goal at 14:19 of the first half and it looked like the Bulldogs had the game under control.
But Oskaloosa came back with a Janous goal barely a minute later to cut the deficit to 4-2 going to the halftime break.
Ottumwa added a goal almost seven minutes into the second half then added another by Argueta four minutes later to boost the lead back to four at 6-2.
Jones took out some of his players anticipating them not having to go back into the game.
But the Indians had different plans as they scored 3 minutes apart on a pair of interesting plays.
Moments after Argueta's goal, Janous lofted the ball over the goalkeeper's head into the back of the net to make it a three-goal deficit. Janous then recorded his hat trick following a free kick to get the game to 6-4.
Then the Bulldogs put the finishing touches on the night with Montaya-Gonzalez's third goal of the game.
The other goal for Ottumwa was picked up by Osvaldo Trejo.
Rose was fairly happy how the team played in adverse weather conditions and in the first game of the season.
"We played really, really well," Rose said. "We executed well. We had some little mistakes, but most of those mistakes were by our goalie. The other 10 guys played really well and solid game. Osky's a lot better than we thought."