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The Columbus North boys soccer team beat Seymour 8-0 last week, but coach Andy Glover is warning his players not to overlook the Owls when they meet again in Saturday’s North Sectional final.
“It takes one moment, and a season can end,” Glover said. “We’ll do our best to maximize on our opportunities and minimize theirs.”
The Class 2A No. 1 and defending state champion Bull Dogs (16-0-1) took advantage of a few opportunities and severely limited those of Scottsburg (9-7-2) Thursday night in a 7-0 semifinal win. North outshot the Warriors 48-2, including 29-0 in the first half.
The Bull Dogs scored only once in the first 21 minutes and led 3-0 with just over four minutes left in the first half.
They then scored four times in a span of 6½ minutes to break the game wide open.
“I thought once we found our rhythm, we came into things real nice,” Glover said. “The first 10 minutes of the second half, that’s what this team is quite capable of. That’s what we’re starting to expect from this point going forward.”
Ethan Smith scored North’s first two goals, the first off a pass from Parker Hirsch in the eighth minute and the second off a through ball from Keaton Voegerl in the 22nd minute. Will Bridgeman added a penalty kick in the 27th minute to make it 3-0.
Hirsch scored from inside the box off a pass from Bridgeman in the 36th minute. The Bull Dogs added an own goal when a cross from Voegerl deflected off a Scottsburg player and into the goal in the 38th minute. Voegerl then deflected in a throw-in from Hirsch in the final minute of the first half to make it 6-0.
North’s final goal came in the 43rd minute when Alan Rodriguez knocked in a pass from Voegerl.
“We didn’t come out as strong as what we could have,” Smith said. “The second half was a lot better. Our goal was to come in and get a couple early goals and try to get off the field and get as much rest as possible for Saturday.”
“That was the intent going into the game,” Glover said. “Luckily, things went our way, and we were able to manage our energy accordingly.”
The Bull Dogs put 28 of their 48 shots on goal. Matt Verplank played the first half in goal and did not face a shot, and Ben Davis played the second half and recorded two saves.
Seymour (8-8-1) advanced with a 6-2 win over Charlestown in Wednesday’s opener. Kyle Jones scored in the 10th minute, and Jordan Jones stuck in a pass from Ansgar Wiechert in the 16th minute for a 2-0 halftime lead.
After the Pirates cut the lead to 2-1, Wiechert scored in the 56th minute. Logan Mead then put in a rebound from a Fernando Cervantes shot in the 63rd minute, Wiechert scored again in the 70th minute and Adam Lenart added the final goal in the 77th minute.
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