Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Columbus North High School
Batesville High School
It was a tough back-to-back stretch for the Lady Bulldog girls soccer team. After a loss to East Central on Monday night, Batesville hosted Columbus North on Tuesday for another tough matchup. Columbus North found a way to win 1-0 despite being outshot by Batesville 25 – 11.
It was Senior Night for the 6 Batesville seniors: Mary Elizabeth Elkins, Audrey Hall, Kira Hertel, Katlyn Lowe, Morgan Puente, and Karsen Worthington. “Our seniors have been a key part to our success this year. Their leadership has been second to none and we look to ride that same leadership into sectionals and beyond. This is an incredible group of young ladies who have been very successful on the field for the Lady Bulldogs but will also have great success in life as they graduate. They have been a pleasure to coach for four years” Coach Laker commented about his senior class.
The first half was played to a 0-0 tie. The Batesville defense held strong all half and limited the Columbus North attack. The defense was led by Gabi Garcia, Carissa Werner, Bre Moman, and Karsen Worthington. Both teams had a few good looks but both defenses kept the ball out of the back of the net.
The wet conditions were a factor for much of the game and both goalkeepers had a hard time handling low hard shots that were skipping on the ground. Columbus North was able to capitalize at the 37:00 mark of the second half with a low hard shot that bounced off Molly Wintz’s knees and to an unmarked Columbus North forward for the put back goal.
Batesville tried much of the same attack on several instances in the second half. At one point in the game, Batesville had 3 chances in a row on rebounds but the Columbus North keeper was able to make a save each time.
“This wasn’t the result we were looking for, but sometimes the result doesn’t tell the whole story. We played well tonight and sometimes the better team doesn’t come out on top on the scoreboard. We had a lot of good chances tonight to even the score, but a few unlucky bounces and some good saves by the Columbus North goalkeeper kept to score at 1-0. I was impressed with our team’s effort tonight coming off a tough emotional loss on Monday night. They bounced back and played hard tonight. They deserved to win!” Coach Laker commented.