The Columbus North girls soccer team started out aggressive right out of the gate and never let up Wednesday night.
The Bull Dogs scored four goals in the first half and another four in the second half to cruise to an 8-1 Conference Indiana victory against Franklin Central.
“The girls came out with a lot of energy tonight,” North coach Derek Stewart said. “They pretty much dominated since the blow of the whistle to start the game. We connected on some great passes and ended up finding the net.
The Bull Dogs (2-1-1, 2-0) had trouble at the start breaking through the defensive line of the Flashes. They would eventually break through in the 13th minute when Flashes goalkeeper Britni Bruno made a costly mistake.
Bruno kicked the ball, and it ended up at the feet of North sophomore Addy Lang, who booted it toward the goal. After a couple of deflections from the kick, the ball ended up at the feet of senior Claire Chambers, who kicked it in for the first goal of the game.
Lang played a huge role for the Bull Dogs for much of the first half. She assisted on a goal by Tamara Wuerstle in the 27th minute. Wuerstle would then return the favor and assist Lang, who scored the other two goals in the first half.
“We made a lot of key passes and combination plays,” Lang said. “We have been practicing really hard recently and we are starting to communicate a little better.”
“Once we got our first couple of goals, we had a lot of confidence and things just went real well from there,” Stewart said. “Addy (Lang) and Tamara (Wuerstle) were very important in tonight’s win. They are both very solid players and keys to success of this team.”
The only blemish for North came with less than five minutes to go in the first half. Franklin Cental broke through on offense and ended up earning a penalty kick. The Flashes’ Emma Myers booted the kick to the upper left corner of the net and out of reach of Bull Dogs goalkeeper Kyra Dasovich.
“We got a little up caught up on the situation which caused us some confusion,” Stewart said. “Their player got tripped, unfortunately, which in turn lead to the penalty kick.”
North controlled possession and stayed aggressive for much of the second half. Natalie Teo and Chloe Chambers both scored goals.
Wuerstle netted her second goal of the game in the 67th minute. Senior Laura Anne Watanabe added a goal in the 79th minute.