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The offensive push by the Columbus North boys soccer team was shown early and didn’t slow down all night.
The Class 2A No.1 Bull Dogs created opportunities throughout the game Tuesday night, with many of those chances coming in the second half to put away Bloomington South 3-0 in Conference Indiana play.
Bull Dogs coach Andy Glover said the team’s focus improved as the game continued as they were able to wear down the Panthers in the second half.
“Our guys took a little while to find our rhythm,” Glover said. “But our fitness was what helped us in the second half.”
After a couple early opportunities by the Bull Dogs (10-0-1, 3-0) in the first half created by midfielder Andre Abedian, forward Parker Hirsch was able to capitalize on a long lob pass from Abedian to score the first goal of the game.
Hirsch said the goal was mainly in part to the team’s passing attack down the field.
“The ball ended up going to Abedian, and he put a beautiful pass up and I took advantage of the pass and was able to score,” Hirsch said.
The pace didn’t seem to slow down, as senior midfielder Riley Belding had numerous corner attempts in the first half only to go just wide of the target.
Much of the second half was controlled by a flurry of shots from the Bull Dogs, and caused problems for Panthers goalie Ryan Yohn, with a corner by Belding finally being able to connect to Abedian for the second goal of the match.
The final goal was put away when Belding hit a cross to forward Ethan Smith for an easy goal past Yohn.
The Bull Dogs’ defense put the Panthers’ offense at a stand-still for most of the second half, with most of the shots created out of desperation far outside of the box.
Hirsch said that the ball control wore down the Panthers in the second half and decided the outcome the rest of the way.
“Our goal in the second half was mainly to keep the ball control and remain on our side, pushing the pace,” Hirsch said. “Once we got control we took advantage of the match.”
Glover said the team’s mental focus and control with each game has kept them moving forward.
“We need to continue to stay true to ourselves and stay true toward the aims of the season,” Glover said.
Glover said that the goal of the team still hasn’t changed, and they still continue to train towards their goal.
“The team has made it pretty obvious what their goal is this season,” Glover said. “Each game has been a stepping stone towards setting their goal.”
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