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Bull Dogs boys soccer success has players ready for the big time

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Sixty-five wins in four years, including a state championship, tends to get a high school soccer program noticed.

That was the case with the Columbus North boys, who spent the entire 2013 season ranked No. 1 in the state and were ranked No. 1 in the country by late in the season.

Now, some of the Bull Dogs from that senior class are reaping the rewards. Five players from the Class of 2014 recently have landed college scholarships, including four in the past couple of weeks. Andre Abedian committed to University of Chicago last month.

“I think that the kids are a fine reflection of our team and what we’re trying to achieve,” North coach Andy Glover said. “We’re excited to see all of them develop as players and as young men that will represent us with dignity and class. Their efforts have set the tone for the efforts to be put forth by

all the entering players in the future. The entire coaching staff are proud

of them.”

Two of the Bull Dog seniors are headed to the University of Southern Indiana. Riley Belding, who had six goals and tied for the team lead with

14 assists, and Keaton Voegerl, who had 16 goals and 11 assists, will play for coach Mat Santoro.

“I like coach Santoro,” Voegerl said. “He’s a good guy, and I like the campus and the school.”

While Voegerl is undecided on a major, Belding is thinking of majoring in business or finance.

“It has the majors that I’m interested in studying,” Belding said. “It’s a pretty high level, and I can develop as a player there. Also, I like the coach. He was a big reason I chose there, and I like the players. I like the campus. My parents and I thought it would be the best fit for me.”

“I certainly think they’ll do a fine job,” Glover said. “They’re well prepared for both the academic and athletic challenges. They will do a fine job representing their school and Columbus, as well.”

Ethan Smith, who led North with 19 goals as a senior, is headed to University of Indianapolis. He plans to major in exercise science or physical therapy.

“I’ve known the coach (John Higgins) for a long time,” Smith said. “I’ve played on his club team before, and I know he’s a good guy. I went on my overnight visit, and they brought me in like it was nothing. I know it’s not a big thing, but they’re getting a new soccer complex, and they were ranked in the top 10 at one point last season.”

“I would suggest Ethan would be a good addition to their team,” Glover said. “The University of Indianapolis is a good Division II program, and his attacking should help them out.”

Meanwhile, Ben Davis, who was the backup goalkeeper the past two years, will attend DePauw on an academic scholarship. He has applied for the school’s Management Fellows Program in the business department and will major in accounting or finance.

“I talked to the coach (Brad Hauter), and he said ‘Make sure the school fits first,’” Davis said. “So I looked at the school and decided that’s where I wanted to go.”

“DePauw is a very

competitive soccer program,” Glover said. “They’re rich in terms of their soccer tradition. Ben will do a good job there. He will certainly have to work hard, but I think he’s ready for the challenge.”

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