City pours it on in sectional opener 12-0
Senior Jessica Bickle works a ball up field during the Lady Eagles soccer sectional Tuesday. Post & Mail photo / Mark Parker
FORT WAYNE — The old saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.”
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In the opening round of the Homestead girls’ soccer sectional, it was the Columbia City Lady Eagles that “rained” goal after goal on the North Side Lady Redskins on their way to a resounding 12-0 win Tuesday night.
The Lady Eagles wasted little time getting on the board, with senior Michaela Mcintosh getting the first of her two goals with only three and a half minutes gone. She knocked a rebound that was mishandled by the North Side keeper in. About four minutes later, Mcintosh hit for another score beating the keeper from close in to put the Lady Eagles up 2-0.
The Eagles’ Sarah Opliger got the first of her three goal with 18:05 left in the first half from right out in front when a shot rolled loose from the keeper and the Columbia City junior put it in.
Fellow junior Katie Saillant hit a shot from 18 yards out that the North Side keeper got a hand on but couldn’t stop as the ball rolled across the goal line to put the Eagles up 4-0 at the end of the first half.
The Eagles first half dominance was so complete that Eagle keeper Corinna Raypole handled only one ball in the first half and that shot was not on goal.
The second half was more of the same, as the Lady Eagles continued to put on an offensive display against outmanned Lady Redskins.
With barely two minutes gone in the second half, Opliger drove in a shot on an extreme angle from 30 yards out along the right sideline, beating the keeper high and to the left post. Opliger got another goal from about 13 yards out on the left side to post a hat trick for the night.
Sophomore Haley Boner gave the Eagles a 6-0 lead at the 35:35 mark of the second half, taking an assist from Opliger and hitting the left post with a shot that the keeper knocked into the goal for the score.
Senior Cassie McFarren also picked up a hat trick against North Side, netting two goals in a row. The first came at 22:56, taking a pass from Saillant and dribbling along the left side and beating the keeper to the near post. McFarren picked up an almost identical score about nine minutes later.
Less than 30 seconds after McFarren’s second goal, Jessica Freeman netted a hard shot from the left angle, with senior Kayla Dunn scoring at the 9:26 mark to put Columbia City up 11-0. McFarren picked up the final goal of the contest on an assist from Boner to account for the final 12-0 win.
“It’s hard to keep every one focused, because everyone wants to get involved offensively,” Columbia City coach Nicole Gebfert said. “We just keep reminding them that we don’t want our season to end Thursday.”
That’s when the Lady Eagles face Bishop Dwenger 7 p.m. at Homestead.