Bull Dogs net first-half goal, hang on to blank Lawrence North

Columbus North’s Nathan Imlay takes a shot on goal against Lawrence North’s Brian Melgar at BCSC Soccer Complex.

Tommy Walker | For The Republic

The Columbus North boys soccer team controlled the ball for much of the game Tuesday in its home opener against Lawrence North at the BCSC Soccer Complex.

The Class 3A No. 14 Bull Dogs converted a goal in the first half, and it was enough for a 1-0 victory to remain unbeaten on the season.

Columbus North (2-0) had a good opportunity early in the first half when Christian Cardoso’s free kick from the right side of the box went right at Lawrence North keeper Henry Schickel, who bobbled the ball slightly but had enough time to cradle it in.

After having several shots, the Bull Dogs finally broke through when Sam Brown made a pass to Obed Oliva, and the kick from the right side of the box just sneaked into the far post and out of reach of Schinkel to give Columbus North a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.

In the second half, the Wildcats started gaining possession of the ball more, but the Bull Dogs were able to fend off any incoming attack. Columbus North had several more chances to add an insurance goal, but defense and great goalkeeping held. In the final minute of the game, Cardoso took a penalty kick because of a handball on Lawrence North. Schinkel guessed correctly to make the save.

The Bull Dogs totaled 11 shots and the Wildcats had zero shots in the game.

Next up for Columbus North is a road matchup at Bloomington North on Thursday.