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Columbus North's Andre Abedian takes the ball from Richmond's Matt Sheridan during the IHSAA 2012 Boys Soccer Regional semi-final at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex Thursday October 11, 2012. (Joe Harpring | The Republic)
Columbus North's Andre Abedian, left, battles for the ball with Grant Allbritten of Warsaw in the first period of the Class 2A boys state soccer championship, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium in Indianapolis.
The beginning of Andre Abedian’s senior soccer season resulted in a trip to a place he hadn’t envisioned — the emergency room.
Five minutes into second half of last week’s 1-0 season-opening win at East Central, Abedian and Columbus North senior teammate Ethan Smith were going for a ball in front of the goal. They banged heads, and Abedian took the worst of the collision.
Abedian, who had assisted Keaton Voegerl on the game’s lone goal late in the first half, suffered a broken nose and a misplaced front tooth. He went to the emergency room at Columbus Regional Hospital that night and had the tooth put back in place.
Then, Abedian went to the dentist the next day and had braces put back on his teeth. He visited an ear, nose and throat specialist on Friday.
“It was kind of a rough start, but it could have been a lot worse, I guess,” Abedian said. “We didn’t play our best game, so that was kind of tough, but the injury itself is not as bad as it could have been. If I’d have gotten a concussion, I would have been out for probably a longer time.”
Abedian, who helped the Bull Dogs win a Class 2A state title last season, missed their game at Jasper on Saturday. He hopes to be back on the field when top-ranked North hosts Cathedral on Thursday and for its rivalry game against Columbus East on Saturday at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex.
“I’m definitely focused on getting myself healthy,” Abedian said. “I want to play and help my teammates. It is kind of tough not being able to be out there.”
It’s tough on the Bull Dogs, as well. Last year, Abedian netted two goals and four assists from his center midfield spot and earned All-State honors.
“He brings a lot of special qualities to our team in terms of leadership, both verbally and in action in the training environment and also on the field,” North coach Andy Glover said. “He does the simple things right every single time.”
This year, Abedian is playing more of an attacking midfield role, playing both midfield and forward.
“Another special quality about Andre is that he is a very multi-functional player,” Glover said. “We can put him anywhere in the field at any given time, and he’ll be equally effective and embrace his role and perform to the best of his abilities and also bring others into the game and enhance their performance, as well.”
“I love playing in the midfield, but I love scoring goals, too,” Abedian said.
In the offseason, Abedian plays club soccer for Carmel United. He and Smith are also part of the Indiana Fire Developmental Academy squad.
Abedian hasn’t made any college visits yet. University of Chicago has offered a scholarship, and a few other schools, including defending national champion Indiana University, have shown some interest. Abedian was the 18-and-under age group’s most valuable player at the IU camp this summer.
When he returns from his injury, Abedian will be focused on helping the Bull Dogs make another long postseason run.
“Last year is about as good as it gets, winning a state championship and all that,” Abedian said. “But I think repeating, coming back and taking the championship again would feel even better. That’s my No. 1 goal, and that’s the team’s No. 1 goal.”
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