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An early-season battle between two of Conference Indiana’s top girls soccer teams will have to be rescheduled.
Columbus North’s game with Bloomington North was suspended because of lightning in the ninth minute Wednesday night, four seconds after the Bull Dogs had scored the contest’s first goal.
Columbus North athletics director Jeff Hester said he was 90 percent sure the game would be resumed where it left off instead of restarted but would have to check with the IHSAA today.
“It’s not clear to me,” Hester said. “I’ve never been in that situation before.”
The varsity game didn’t start until 8:35 p.m. The junior varsity began around 6:30 p.m., but that game was suspended in the 69th minute because of lightning. Following the mandatory 30-minute delay, the varsity warmed up for 10 minutes before kicking off.
The Bull Dogs peppered the Cougars’ goal for five shots, including four on goal in the 8:43 that the teams played. Their final shot came when Kenadie Carlson played a ball from the end line to Olivia Stewart in the box, and Stewart buried it in the right corner of the net.
“I was pretty happy with the way we played,” North coach Derek Stewart said. “We came out strong and maintained most of the possession and had an attacking mentality. I was pleased with the (nine) minutes that we did get to play.
“The nice thing is, we got a lot of players involved,” he added. “We had multiple players touching the ball. We were switching the field and moving it around.”
Columbus North (3-0) now turns its attention to archrival Columbus East (4-0) for an 8 p.m. Saturday battle. The teams tied 1-1 last year during the regular season, and the Bull Dogs won 2-0 in the sectional final.
“I think it’s going to be a great game,” Derek Stewart said. “They’re always close, and it’s always exciting. We have some younger players, and this will be their first experience, so we’re pumped up and ready to go.”
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