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BLOOMINGTON — The 16th-ranked Columbus East girls soccer team came out firing Wednesday night, displaying a relentless offense and aggressive defense to post a 5-0 season-opening thumping of Bloomington North.
The Olympians punctured the Cougars for a single goal in the first half and then blew the action open in the second after settling down and zoning in. East took more than two dozen shots on-goal while limiting the hosts to a half-dozen.
With 12 seniors on the varsity roster and seven in the starting lineup, the O’s experience and depth was obvious as they dominated both ends of the field and wore down a younger Cougars crew.
“We have great senior leadership,” East coach Ilya Schwartzman said. “But we also had several younger girls step up and play.”
Schwartzman said he was very pleased with the way his team opened its season, especially after returning in the second half to completely dominate the contest.
“We talked at half about being more patient and finding who we need to get the ball to and when,” Schwartzman said. “We can do better in some situations, but I am very happy with the results.”
Seniors Sydney Newell and Rachel Amlung each scored twice in the second half, while Newell also was credited with a pair of assists.
It was fellow classmate Olivia Smith that registered the team’s first goal of the contest and season, powering in an unassisted kick from deep to crack the scoreboard at the 17:42 mark. The Olympians had already attempted eight shots on goal before Smith’s looping bomb.
Amlung’s first goal came less than nine minutes into the second half, courtesy of a corner kick from Newell, who scored her first about seven minutes later off an assist from Kristen Bellinger. Amlung struck again with 15:46 remaining to push the score to 4-0, and then Newell closed out the pounding with quick kick past the Bloomington North goalie with 10:33 left in the game.
The senior trio also played in-your-face defense and got plenty of help from the likes of Bellinger, Molly Conner, Molly Macy, Kylie Sattenfield and others. East goalkeeper Spencer Eudy did not have a lot of business but came through strongly when needed.
Eudy’s heads-up play with 10:52 remaining in the first half kept a Cougars kick from bouncing in the net, while her confident stand late in the second half capped off the evening. Left in a one-on-situation against an attacking North player, the senior stalwart went all out to deflect the attempt and keep the shutout intact.
“That was the play of the game,” Schwartzman said. “She laid out flat on that one.”
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