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The Columbus East boys soccer team never seemed to run out of energy throughout the match.
A strong hitting attack by the Olympians, and a brilliant display of defense was exactly what they needed, as they cruised to a 3-1 win against Hoosier Hills Conference foe Bedford North Lawrence.
Olympians coach Brad Barber said this game was the best that his team has played this season.
“We were able to apply all of the things we had been going over in practice in today’s game,” Barber said “We created strong offensive shots and a good defensive strategy.”
The offensive attack for the Olympians (5-1-2) got started with numerous shots on goal, led by Sam Newell, who created opportunities with a corner kick that seemed to nearly connect but went over the goal.
Forward Drew Herron made an early opportunity at goal by breaking away from defenders and blasted a shot from outside the box, only to be contained by Stars goalie Bailey Connerly.
Connerly couldn’t contain the pace of the Olympians’ strong offensive push long, as midfielder Alex Staggs hit a pair of shots before finally connecting on a goal just inside the box from an assist by forward Drew Herron.
Forward Adam Krebs had a late opportunity at goal in the half, but the shot barely missed the goal.
The pace of the first half continued into the second for the Olympians, with early shots by Staggs deflected off the goal and early bursts halted by offsides calls.
After opportunities by defender Adam Wallace halfway through the second half, forward Patrick Foley extended the score by an assist from Herron with a chip shot into the net when Connerly lost balance and couldn’t catch the ball in time.
The Stars had a small window of opportunity due to the pressure the Olympians’ defense was putting on them and fatigue started to show. Goalie J.B. Baxter averted any chance of the Stars scoring with early saves from long shots.
Herron added another goal to the Olympians’ cause by taking the ball downfield and crushed the ball from just outside the box to extend the lead by three.
The offense didn’t slow down there, as Newell executed a free kick to forward Ramiro Nieto, but Connerly was able to snatch the ball at the last second to prevent the goal.
The Stars played a hurry-up strategy in the last three minutes of play, when a quick cross by Sean McGill gave Jake McFarland an open shot for a header and a goal with a little over a minute to play in the match that keep them from getting shut out.
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