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Columbus North boys soccer blanks Hamilton Southeastern 2-0
September 14, 2013Columbus North High School
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- The Columbus North boys soccer team capitalized on a pair of second-half penalty-kick goals Saturday (Sept. 14) to remain undefeated.
Senior Andre Abedian converted from the 12-yard spot in the 45th minute, and classmate Riley Belding did the same in the 69th minute as the Class 2A No. 1 Bull Dogs improved to 7-0-0 with a 2-0 victory over Hamilton Southeastern at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex.
Senior Matt Verplank posted the shutout, making seven saves over 80 minutes as CN outshot the Royals 17-10.
The Bull Dogs' first goal was set up when senior Ethan Smith was tackled in the 18-yard penalty area near the HSE goal. The second goal came after a hand-ball was called in the penalty area.
At the JV level, the teams tied 1-1. Hamilton Southeastern scored a quick goal for an early lead, but CN sophomore Tyler Heathcote converted a penalty to tie the game before the half and neither team scored the rest of the way. Sophomore Preston Grimes made two saves in goal in the first half. Freshman Mark Tabor made six saves in goal in the second half.
Columbus North, now winners of 14 games in a row over two seasons, return to action at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 16) in a varsity-only game against Columbus East at the Wigh Complex. It is a makeup of the game postponed from Aug. 31. The CN varsity girls soccer team will play Columbus East at about 7:15 p.m. following the boys' game.
At Richard Wigh Soccer Complex
Hamilton Southeastern ............... 0 0 -- 0
Columbus North ........................... 0 2 -- 2
CN -- Andre Abedian (unassisted), 45th minute
CN -- Riley Belding (unassisted), 69th minute