In a game that featured only two shots on goal, Columbus North converted on both of those opportunities Monday night to post a 2-0 win against crosstown rival Columbus East.
Both teams had several chances to score in the first half. Most of the offensive set pieces simply collapsed.
In the opening minutes of the second half, North (1-2) finally got a break. In the 45th minute, the Bull Dogs earned a free kick after the Olympians (2-3) were issued a yellow card.
Rico Hollenkamp took the free kick just inside midfield. Jake Osbourne collected the pass and touched the ball into the net to give North the lead.
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The Bull Dogs added an insurance goal in the second half. In the 64th minute, Alex McGill’s shot hit the right upright, but Jack Robertson was at the right place at the right time to collect the rebound and kick it in for the goal.
Emotions were running high from that point forward as both teams started to get aggressive.
The Olympians almost scored in the 78th minute when Eli Newell’s free kick went barely wide right, allowing the Bull Dogs to preserve the shutout.
North had nine shots, with two on goal. East had four shots, with none on goal.
Zach Green and Mark Salle-Tabor combined on the shutout for the Bull Dogs, who earned their first win of the season.
The game was originally to be played Saturday night, but rain from Saturday morning and afternoon left the fields unplayable and forced the postponement until Monday.