Although Columbus North came into Thursday’s North Sectional opener as an overwhelming favorite, the Bull Dogs were careful not to take Scottsburg lightly.
North put up five goals in the first eight minutes and six in the first 12 to erase any thought of a letdown. The Bull Dogs went on to claim an 11-0 victory and a matchup with 13th-ranked Columbus East in Saturday’s 2 p.m. final.
“I thought that we came out with good intensity for our first sectional game,” said senior Ellen Hacker, who scored a pair of goals. “We were pretty confident that we were going to win, but we came out like it was going to be the hardest game of the season.”
North (7-7-3) outshot the Warriors 37-3, including 24-0 in the first half.
The Bull Dogs put 20 shots on goal to Scottsburg’s two.
“We had some good possessions and good play,” North coach Derek Stewart said. “We’re just getting ready for Saturday.”
Gabby Sims scored the first goal in the fifth minute off a cross from Kenadie Carlson. Hacker then scored back-to-back goals in the sixth minute off assists from Emma Risley.
Riley Perry scored off an assist from Michelle Amlung in the seventh minute, and Amlung scored off a pass from Olivia Stewart in the eighth minute. Carlson then netted a pass from Sims in the 12th minute, soon after which Derek Stewart emptied his bench.
“He wanted to be respectful of the other team, and he didn’t want to crush them into the ground, so we decided that after we lost possession, we would just reset with defense,” Hacker said.
Morgan Proffitt scored off an assist from Kaydee Akins in the 19th minute, and the two reversed roles with Proffitt feeding Akins in the 27th minute. Laura Anne Watanabe added a goal in the 38th minute, and North led 9-0 at halftime.
Katie Carlson scored off an assist from Proffitt in the 45th minute, and Malissa Hofmeister added the final goal off a pass from Evelyn Malcomb in the 56th minute.
Elizabeth James played most of the first half in goal but did not face a shot. Kyra Dasovich was in the net the final 45 minutes and made two saves.
The Bull Dogs will face an East team they tied 1-1 on Aug. 25. Since then, North has seen the return of Proffitt, a Marquette recruit who missed all but the final regular-season game while recovering from a torn ACL.
“I think we’re a stronger team (than before),” Derek Stewart said. “We’ve played some good competition along the way. We’re getting everybody back. We’re all pretty healthy, so we think we have a good chance to have a great game.”