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Columbus North took charge early and played strong throughout en route to capturing the Conference Indiana girls soccer crown Monday evening with a 3-0 blanking of Bloomington South at the Richard Wigh Soccer Complex.
Kenadie Carlson paced the Bull Dogs’ attack with a pair of goals in the first half and joined forces with her teammates to keep the Panthers out-of-synch for most of the contest.
The victory gave North a perfect 5-0 record in conference play. The team clinched at least a portion of the title last week after putting away second-place Perry Meridian by the same score.
“We knew the conference title was on the line, and the girls went out and got the job done,” Bull Dogs coach Derek Stewart said. “This was a nice game for the girls to win.”
Carlson’s first score came 11 minutes and 19 seconds into the game, less than five minutes after her first shot attempt ricocheted off the top crossbar of the Panthers’ goal.
Another blast bounced off the crossbar at the 21:41 mark before Carlson pushed the score to 2-0 with a deflection kick with 16:24 remaining in the first half.
North had more than a dozen shots-on-goal during the first 40 minutes of play, forcing the visitors to focus on defending their net.
“I thought we controlled the ball pretty well,” Stewart said. “Bloomington South did a lot of chasing tonight.”
The Bull Dogs maintained their dominant play in the second half, booting another six shots within the first 15 minutes before settling down to concentrate on defense.
Their final goal came with 5:41 left in the game when North’s other co-captain, senior Gabby Sims, knocked in a rebound shot that again glanced off the top crossbar, this time off a deep shot from Riley Perry.
Bloomington South managed a handful of shots on goal throughout the contest but failed to penetrate a defense lead by freshman goalkeeper Charlotte Verbanic.
Verbanic had three saves for North and plenty of help from the Bull Dogs’ defenders.
North goes back into action on Saturday when it hosts Terre Haute North.
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