North blanks Cubs, moves into final

SEYMOUR — Columbus North could not catch a break for most of the first half against Madison in the semifinal round of the Seymour boys soccer sectional Wednesday night.

Most of the shots the Bull Dogs took hit the post.

North finally got its break in the 39th minute when Finn Anderson delivered a quick, yet perfect, pass to Nick Beales, who finished the play with a hard kick that went into the net. The Bull Dogs shut down the Cubs in the second half and added a couple of insurance goals to prevail 3-0.

“It was hard to break through when (Madison) had a lot of guys playing back,” Beales said. “When we got in the mindset and got our first goal, we finally turned it around and played well.”

North (12-5-1) now faces off against crosstown rival Columbus East in Saturday’s 7 p.m. championship game. The Olympians defeated Scottsburg 5-0 in Wednesday’s first semifinal.

“We beat them before, but we can’t let that get into our heads,” Beales said. “We just have to stay focus and get into the right mindset.”

The second goal for the Bull Dogs came in the 61st minute when Rico Hollenkamp took a shot from the right side of the field and it went past the Cubs’ goalkeeper.

The third goal came in the 73rd minute when Andrew Goble found the back of the net.

North finished with 20 shots on goal to one for Madison. Zach Green and Mark Salle-Tabor combined on the shutout.