Bull Dogs blank Owls in potential sectional preview

Columbus North boys soccer coach Andy Glover said it was nice to see his seniors make good contributions in Tuesday’s senior night match against Seymour in a potential a sectional preview.

Senior Jack Robertson got the Bull Dogs off to an early start with a goal in the eighth minute of the game to help the Bull Dogs pick up a 2-0 victory.

Class 3A No. 20-ranked North snapped the Owls’ three-game winning streak and pushed its own streak to six consecutive wins. The Bull Dogs’ second goal came from Alex McGill off an Andrew Goble assist in the 42nd minute.

“(The first goal) was exciting, then we had Nick Stevens who had some moments to score,” Glover said. “There were lots of moments for all of them, so it was really great.”

North goalkeeper Noah Kestler finished with six saves on Seymour’s six shots on goal. Seymour goalkeeper Elliot Clark had five saves on North’s seven shots on goal.

The Bull Dogs (11-4-1) honored eight seniors who played the final home game of their high school careers. Robertson said it feels good to get the win and hopes they can carry it onto Friday’s game against Carmel.

“I think we’re getting a lot of steam heading into sectional, and especially if we get the win on Friday, that’ll help even more,” Robertson said.

North will open the Seymour Sectional against New Albany on Tuesday, while the Owls (11-3-1) will face off against Jeffersonville that same night. The winners will meet in the semifinals Oct. 5

Glover said he likes the Bull Dogs’ odds against a lot of teams if his players are able to find the next gear in their games.

“That has to come from them, and we’ll get back to work (today) trying and working on organizing,” Glover said. “We always play hard. We want to play a little bit smarter. That should be the aspiration of the team in the moment. They’re putting in the time and the effort.”

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Frank Bonner is a sports writer for The Republic. He can be reached at fbonner@therepublic.com or 812-379-5632.