Columbus North kept peppering shot after shot at the Terre Haute South goal Saturday afternoon, but kept being turned away.
The Bull Dogs finally connected midway through the second half, then added two more goals 37 seconds apart to claim a 3-0 Conference Indiana victory.
“Those were the words at halftime — ‘The goals will come in time. Just keep doing what we’re doing,’” North coach Andy Glover said.
The first goal came in the 60th minute. Alex McGill took a cross from Finn Anderson and buried it into the net.
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At that point, the Bull Dogs (4-2, 2-1) had a 19-4 shot advantage, including 9-0 in the second half.
“Every time I see him up there, I have faith in him being able finish any ball I can get to him,” Anderson said. “It worked out, and he stayed composed and scored a goal for us.”
Anderson scored the second goal himself after taking a cross from Zach Friend in the 70th minute. Thirty-seven seconds later, Friend assisted on a Jack Robertson goal.
That made it 3-0, and North was in complete control.
“The first half, we had a lot of shots, and they just didn’t fall,” Anderson said. “I thought we played a lot better in the second half. We were moving the ball out wide and getting more crosses in and giving better opportunities to our players, and we finished them well in the second half.”
The Bull Dogs finished with a 28-12 shot advantage. They put 12 shots on goal to six for the Braves.
Noah Kestler recorded six saves in posting the shutout for North.
“The speed of play was little bit slower today than we’re used to, which sometimes makes it a little bit of a more difficult puzzle to solve,” Glover said. “So we made some adjustments. I felt like we were pushing the game at them for the majority of time, and eventually, the goal did come, and once the first came, they kind of got caught in the undertow, and the second and third did, as well.”