COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Lady Eagle soccer team hosted a hard-nosed back-and-forth battle Tuesday night against Northeast Hoosier Conference’s power Homestead (5-1).
Unfortunately, their efforts fell short in a 5-0 loss to the Lady Spartans.
The first half began with a strong effort from the Lady Eagles, keeping the Spartans from scoring for most of the first half.
The two conference foes battled it out in the middle of the field with neither team allowing the other a shot on goal.
It wasn’t until 1:49 left in the half that Homestead drew first blood on a penalty kick after a Lady Eagle handball.
“We were holding well in the middle of the field, but then we weren’t able to generate any good shots,” said Columbia City head coach Nicole Gebfert.
A score of 1-0 in the first half could be considered an accomplishment for the Lady Eagles, holding a team who has out-scored their opponents 19-5 this season.
The Lady Eagles didn’t let the point hurt their momentum on defense, holding off Homestead’s swift offense for another 18 minutes before allowing another goal.
“They got the second (goal) off that corner kick, kind of unlucky on our part, then things just went down hill from there,” Gebfert said.
After 58 minutes of play the Spartans could only find the goal twice, but the remaining 22 minutes were closed with three more goals.
Columbia City put up a tough fight, but Homestead proved its superiority by slowly breaking down the Lady Eagle defense.
Homestead had the opportunity to kick 29 shots on goal, while Columbia City was only able to take nine shots.
With all of the Homestead shots, Lady Eagle goalkeeper Corinna Raypole had her hands full for the night picking up 21 saves.
“We’d get the ball up there but they’d just collapse right on us and we weren’t able to get a good look at the goal,” Gebfert noted. “I think it was just frustration, we couldn’t get anything going.
The JV team also came out with a loss Tuesday night with a final score of 4-1. Lady Eagle Kelsey Gregory scored the only Columbia City goal on the night.
The Lady Eagles will face their next test tonight in a road trip to Huntington North.