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Columbus North slams Seymour 6-0 in boys soccer sectional final
October 12, 2013Columbus North High School
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Senior Riley Belding scored two goals and added an assist Saturday (Oct. 12), leading the Columbus North boys soccer team to a 6-0 victory over Seymour for the Columbus North Sectional championship.
The sectional crown was the seventh in a row and 12th since the IHSAA began overseeing soccer in 1994 for the Class 2A No. 1 Bull Dogs, the defending state champions who improved to 17-0-1 for the season.
CN advances to the Columbus North Regional, where it will face Bloomington South (12-8-0) at 8 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 17) in a semifinal game at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex. Connersville (16-3-0) and East Central (record not available) will play in the opening semifinal at 6 p.m.
The semifinal winners advance to the regional final at 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 19) at the Wigh Complex.
In the sectional final, Columbus North had to overcome a scoreless first half. However, the Bull Dogs didn't let the goal drought last as they scored four times in the first eight minutes of the second half.
Senior Keaton Voegerl broke the ice in the 43rd minute off a feed from Belding, and senior Andre Abedian added an unassisted goal after a steal and long-range bullet in the 45th minute.
Belding followed with a goal on a penalty kick in the 46th minute. Belding then scored again in the 48th minute, finishing a play that began with a free kick by senior Will Bridgeman.
Senior Ethan Smith converted a penalty kick in the 55th minute after he was tackled in the penalty area, and junior Ed Meyer closed the scoring with a goal in the 73rd minute with Bridgeman collecting a second assist.
Seniors Matt Verplank and Ben Davis shared the shutout in goal. Verplank played the first 55 minutes and made one save. Davis played the final 25 minutes and had no saves.
At Richard Wigh Soccer Complex
Seymour ................. 0 0 -- 0
Columbus North ....... 0 6 -- 6
CN -- Keaton Voegerl (Riley Belding), 43rd minute
CN -- Andre Abedian (unassisted), 45th minute
CN -- Riley Belding (unassisted), 46th minute
CN -- Riley Belding (Will Bridgeman), 48th minute
CN -- Ethan Smith (unassisted), 55th minute
CN -- Ed Meyer (Will Bridgeman), 73rd minute