COLUMBIA CITY — For 36 minutes, the Columbia City boys soccer team went toe-to-toe with Homestead.
Once the Spartans found the net, it would be the beginning of a scoring barrage the Eagles could not match.
Holding a slim 1-0 lead at intermission, Homestead managed to put 10 goals on the board in the second period to shutout the Eagles 11-0 in conference play.
In the first period, the lone goal came with 3:37 showing on the clock when Anthony Jimenez recorded his first of six goals to give the 20th-ranked Spartans a lead it would take to the locker room at the end of 40 minutes.
“I was really happy with the way our guys played and the first 35 minutes, I thought we played great soccer,” said Eagle Head Coach Matt Malless.
Just as important as the Spartan goal was the red card delivered to Eagle forward Jordan Lahr just prior to halftime.
On an aggressive play with 1:43 remaining, Lahr slid too late and too hard into the Homestead goalie, causing the penalty.
The red card forced Columbia City to play the rest of the game, including the entire second half, with one less player.
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