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Bridgeman's hat trick propels Columbus North boys soccer to victory
September 6, 2013Columbus North High School
INDIANAPOLIS -- Senior Will Bridgeman scored three goals and added an assist Thursday evening (Sept. 5), leading the Columbus North boys soccer team to a 5-0 victory at Franklin Central.
Bridgeman's natural hat trick came as the Class 2A No. 1 Bull Dogs, who improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Conference Indiana, broke open a close game with a strong second half.
Senior Keaton Voegerl opened the scoring with a goal in the 15th minute off an assist from Bridgeman, and Columbus North took a 1-0 lead to the intermission.
Sophomore Sam Snider made it 2-0 off a feed from junior Brayton Thornburg in the 43rd minute before Bridgeman and senior Riley Belding seized control.
First, Bridgeman converted a Belding corner kick for a goal in the 58th minute. Bridgeman finished another Belding feed in the 61st minute, then Bridgeman closed the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 64th minute.
Senior Matt Verplank and Ben Davis split the game in goal and shared the shutout. Verplank played the first half and made three saves. Davis played the second half and had one save.
In the JV game, freshman Alex King scored for Columbus North as the teams tied 1-1. Franklin Central scored late to force the deadlock. Sophomore Preston Grimes made three saves while playing the first half in goal. Freshman Mark Tabor made five saves while playing the second half.
The Bull Dogs return to action at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 7) when they visit Westfield.
At Franklin Central
Columbus North ............. 1 4 -- 5
Franklin Central .............. 0 0 -- 0
CN -- Keaton Voegerl (Will Bridgeman), 15th minute
CN -- Sam Snider (Brayton Thornburg), 43rd minute
CN -- Will Bridgeman (Riley Belding), 58th minute
CN -- Will Bridgeman (Riley Belding), 61st minute
CN -- Will Bridgeman (unassisted), 64th minute