3A No. 6 Bull Dogs, Highlanders play to tie

Obed Olivo

Columbus North had to come back during Thursday night’s boys soccer contest with visiting Floyd Central.

After the Highlanders netted a goal in the first half, the Class 3A No. 6 Bull Dogs got it back in the second half to end the game in a 1-1 draw.

“The team’s performance was pretty mature. It didn’t go their way initially. We focused on what we can control,” North coach Andy Glover said. “I’m OK with the performance. We were fighting pretty hard. Teams generally change to us, and that’s OK. We didn’t do any adapting. We didn’t change the way we play. The performance was still mature.”

The Bull Dogs (8-3-3) had many chances for the come back. Several shot attempts hit the post and couldn’t find the net. Floyd Central struck first when Tyson Oliver sent a free kick from several yards outside the box that went directly into the cluster of players trying to get a touch on the ball. Cole Jones ended up with the header that went directly into the net for a 1-0 Highlanders lead.

North got the goal back early in the second half. Misaki Takemoto got a touch on the ball that was deflected off the post, and Obed Olivo was there to clean up the rebound for level the game at 1-1.

The Bull Dogs had several chances to go ahead in the match, but the ball either found the post or the hands of the Floyd Central goalkeeper.

North wraps up the regular season with a visit to Terre Haute South on Saturday, then will have a week layoff during the final week of the regular season before hosting the sectional.