Bull Dogs use late goal to forge tie with Plainfield in home finale

Columbus North’s Page Mora (4) dribbles past Plainfield’s Mary Reynolds (29) during a match at BCSC Soccer Complex in Columbus.

Tommy Walker | For The Republic

Going into Wednesday night’s rescheduled game with Plainfield, the last time Columbus North girls soccer had been on its home field, it took a 5-2 loss to Terre Haute North on Saturday.

On Monday, that Terre Haute North team lost to Plainfield 4-0.

Wednesday night, that same Plainfield team was in Columbus to battle the Bull Dogs, and comparative scores would have forecasted a big Quakers victory. But Columbus North used a late goal to forge a 1-1 tie in its final home game of the season.

“I think it shows that we can be a dangerous team when we play for each other, when we communicate and we actually come to play as opposed to just showing up and expecting to win,” Columbus North coach David Young said. “It would have been nice to get a win tonight, but good to not get a loss for sure.”

Plainfield (6-6-1) got on the board first in the 53rd minute when Elle Stewart won a ball that Bull Dogs keeper Mallory Gilley came out to contest, and Stewart put it in the empty net for a 1-0 lead.

Columbus North (5-5-3) got the equalizer in the 76th minute. Page Mora took a pass from Charlotte Loheide in front of the net and put it in to tie the game.

“I think it was the enthusiasm the team still had at the end of the game,” Mora said. “It helped boost us up. I think this is definitely going to help with our next few games.”

Both teams managed 11 shots. The Quakers, however, put eight shots on goal to only two for the Bull Dogs.

Gilley finished with seven saves.

“We made some adjustments at halftime to kind of push forward,” Young said. “We had planned on it. Unfortunately, we gave up kind of a cheap goal early in the second half to put us down 1-0. But to go forward like that and get a goal to actually finishing in the attacking third as opposed to just bashing forward, I felt like our girls adjusted well, and we had the opportunity for a goal, and Page Mora was able to finish it.”

Columbus North has only two regular season games remaining. Saturday’s game at Evansville North has been moved up to a 2 p.m. JV start, with the varsity to follow at around 3:45 p.m.