SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s boys soccer team played its first game on the high school field Thursday night, hosting county-rival Columbia City.
Wildcat Daniel Kirkham knocked in a goal in the first four minutes to take a 1-0 lead over the Eagles.
“We definitely started off good,” Whitko Head Coach Jason Ehrman said.
But with only 12 guys able to play, the Wildcats quickly began to run out of steam, and Columbia City took over the game.
“We’ve tried to condition and not wear down, but it’s tough,” Ehrman said. “They’ve got a lot of heart. They hustled and tried hard.”
Whitko only had 11 players in its first game at Northfield Tuesday. The ’Cats lost 8-0. Ehrman expects four more guys to play in Tuesday’s game at home against Plymouth.
Columbia City, on the other hand, had a slew of players on the bench.
With no junior varsity team this season, the Eagles have 25 players on their roster.
Columbia City began to take over the game tat the 32:33 mark of the first half, as it scored two goals in two minutes to take the lead.
The Eagles tacked on another goal at the 15-minute mark to make the score 3-1 at halftime.
At around the 30-minute mark of the second half, Columbia City added two more points to the score, taking a 5-1 lead.
Zac Koch found the goal with a header to make the final score 7-1.
This is Columbia City’s second win this week, beating Central Noble Tuesday.
“It’s great to get the first two wins,” Columbia City Head Coach Matt Malless said. “We have a tougher week next week.”
Bolinger led the Eagles with two goals and six shots on goal. Other scorers include: jordan Gregory, Drake Dewitt, Chris Walker and Sam Wight.
Columbia City took 40 shots total, and Whitko goalkeeper Jacob Helton collected 23 saves. Helton tallied more than 30 saves in Whitko’s first game, making him one of the top in the state, according to Coach Erhman.