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The rematch is set.
Columbus North will have a chance to avenge last month’s loss to Columbus East when the teams meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday in the North Sectional final.
The Bull Dogs earned their spot in the title game with a 4-0 win against Seymour on Thursday night.
“I think we just need to be ready to play and have the right mindset coming out,” North coach Derek Stewart said. “We need to have that competitive spirit and come out and play our game.”
Against the Owls, the Bull Dogs (13-4) didn’t score the first 10 minutes, but then scored less than a minute apart in the 11th and 12th minutes. Gabby Sims struck first off a cross from Addy Lang, and Natalie Teo followed off a cross from Kenadie Carlson.
“That was kind of nice to see, but then we had a little bit of lull in the action,” Stewart said. “I thought we played better the second half.
“We had a lot of opportunities, a lot of chances, and we’re certainly going to have to put those away to continue to win games.”
Seymour had its best chance to get on the board in the 32nd minute when Clare Lenart had a shot from 12 yards saved by North goalkeeper Charlotte Verbanic.
“We’ve always said the most dangerous lead in a soccer game is 2-0 because a team can kind of relax a little bit,” Seymour coach Greg Musser said. “If she puts that home, it’s 2-1 going into half, and it’s a completely different ballgame.”
Instead, the Bull Dogs struck 31 seconds into the second half when Emma Risley put away a pass from Carlson to make it 3-0. Teo added the final goal off a corner kick from Sims.
“The first 15 minutes of the first half was pretty good, and then the second half was good,” Teo said.
“We told them at the half, we slipped up for 1:45, and other than that, it was an even first half,” Musser said. “The second half, it was about 10 minutes we were on our heels there. They put a couple goals in, and we couldn’t get the ball out. It was an even match for 60-70 minutes of that game.”
North outshot the Owls 39-5, putting 20 shots on goal. Lenart’s attempt was the only shot on goal for Seymour and the only save for Verbanic.
Kelley Sharp recorded 16 saves for the Owls.
“I’d say we made about three costly errors that they took advantage of,” Musser said. “You make an error, the other team can capitalize on it and they’re going to get a goal or two.
“The score is a little deceiving with how we played tonight. We definitely left it out on the field, played hard and I’m proud of the girls.”
Sectional title match
Who: Columbus North (13-4) vs. Columbus East (14-2-1).
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Richard Wigh Soccer Complex
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