It seems fitting that less-than-ideal conditions provided the perfect setting for Aaron Hohlbein's first professional goal.
The former All-American for the Wisconsin men's soccer team felt right at home playing in rain, sleet and temperatures in the 30s Sunday, when he tallied his first Major League Soccer score in the Kansas City Wizards' 2-0 win over San Jose.
Hohlbein put the Wizards on the board in the 28th minute, emerging from the scramble that followed a Kansas City corner kick and initial blocked shot to punch home the game-winner from point-blank range (w_id=34474&w=http%3A//mfile.akamai.com/11504/wmv/mlbmls.download.akamai.com/11504/2009/open//mls/2009/04/05/mls_balsrc_4014583_800K.wmv&catCode=top_plays&gid=2009/04/05/sjemls-kcwmls-1&vid=3012&mid=20090405235818&cid=20090405235818&fid=top_plays800&v=2&type=v_free&spons=&_mp=1"> --> video | ymd=20090405&content_id=235873&vkey=news_kcw&fext=.jsp&team=t105"> --> kcwizards.com recap ).
I was just looking for scraps, Hohlbein told the Kansas City Star ( full story ), and (you) just try to put yourself in a position to capitalize where if it does pop out, youre there to capitalize.
Hohlbein's teammate, Claudio Lopez, provided the Wizards' second goal as Kansas City (1-2) earned its first win of the young season.
A crowd of 6,922 took in the game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., where the wind chill dipped to 19 during the match as winds gusted up to 40 mph.
It didnt really faze me, Hohlbein told the Star. It was actually kind of nice.
Hohlbein has started all three matches at defender for Kansas City this season after making 14 starts last year and currently ranks fifth on the team in minutes played. He was drafted by the Wizards as the third overall pick in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft and played in five games as a rookie that season.
At Wisconsin, Hohlbein earned All-America honors as a senior in 2006 and was a four-time All-Big Ten selection.