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The Columbus East boys soccer team won its second straight Hoosier Hills Conference championship Saturday.
The Olympians defeated Jeffersonville 3-0 to finish HHC play undefeated. East played an aggressive style of offensive, keeping the Red Devils on defense for most of the first half.
“After losing seven starters from last year’s conference championship team and to still go undefeated and repeat as conference champions is exciting,” East coach Brad Barber said.
“I feel we’re peaking out the right time and playing ‘total football’ on the field. Our first half today was one of the best and most consistent halves we played all season.”
The Olympians (11-3-3, 7-0) scored their first goal 4:30 into the game when junior Drew Herron scored off of Adam Krebs’ assist “The last several games we’ve been playing some strong halves,” Herron said. “It’s important to score that first goal of the game and put pressure on the other team.
East played a balanced game against Jeffersonville (13-3-2, 5-1-1), with the entire team contributing to the victory.
“We had 11 players going forward and attacking,” Barber said. “It makes us very dynamic and gives us lots of scoring opportunities.
“We’ve been working for a long time to get to this level of playing soccer,” he said. “I’m very confident in what we call ‘total football and clockwork orange’. That’s being able to attack with 11 players all the time during play.”
With 11:48 left in the first half, East sophomore Ramiro Nieto scored the Olympians second goal off a Sam Newell assist. East’s final goal came with 30 seconds left in the first half when senior Ngando Ntone scored off Herron’s assist.
“We played a great first half, but I feel we came out and played hard for the entire 80 minutes today,” said East junior goalkeeper JB Baxter, who had five saves.
“It’s going to be tough, drawing (Columbus) North for the first round of sectional, but I feel comfortable we can play another tough game.”
East and Class 2A No. 1 North (14-0-1) will be facing each other at 6 p.m. Monday at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex in the first round of sectional play.
When the teams played earlier in the season, the Bull Dogs were victorious 3-0.
“I feel good about facing North Monday,” Herron said. “We struggled against them earlier this season, but I feel we have a better chance to compete with them.”
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