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Northwest keeper Koenig suffers scary injury, making recovery

Northwest goaltender Ezekiel Koenig is stretchered off the field after sustaining an injury.
Northwest goaltender Ezekiel Koenig is stretchered off the field after sustaining an injury.(KSNB)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 11:28 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (KSNB) - In Thursday’s boys soccer Class B State Quarterfinal matchup between No. 7 Grand Island Northwest and second-seed Lexington, Vikings’ goaltender Ezekiel Koenig suffered an apparent head and neck injury.

Rushing out for a 50/50 ball, Koenig appeared to collide with one of his defenders who was trying to clear the ball. Koenig was knocked unconscious on the play.

“He is alert, but he doesn’t remember any of the game,” Northwest coach Ann Purdy said after the Vikings 4-1 loss. “When the trainer was there, [Koenig] was able to grab his fingers, so that’s good. I would say it’s going to be a big concussion, but we’re just happy that it wasn’t anything more serious.”

Ambulances were called and Koenig was placed on a stretcher and carried out of Morrison Stadium on the campus of Creighton University. He gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was being taken off the field.

According to two people directly involved with the aftermath of the situation, Koenig underwent a CT scan, which came back with “good” results.

“He is awake and has mellowed a bit,” one source said.

This story will be updated when more information is gathered.

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