COLUMBIA CITY — Perhaps morning games are not the Columbia City boys’ soccer team’s cup of tea. Had the game started 12 minutes later, the outcome may have been different.
The Eagles hosted the Huntington North Vikings Saturday morning and were handed a 4-1 loss.
In the first 12 minutes, the Vikings jumped out to an early lead that Columbia City was unable to recover from. Huntington North scored three quick goals before the Eagles could wipe the sleep from their eyes.
“We just came out a little flat. We knew we could take Huntington today,” Columbia City head coach Chris Bechtold said.
Columbia City had half the chances at scoring as the Vikings, only taking seven shots on goal.
The aggression on the field appeared to be more like a football game than a soccer match, with several injuries and yellow cards.
“Huntington is always a physical game; they play physical and we play physical,” said Bechtold.
Once the Eagles woke up, they matched Huntington point for point for the remainder of the game.
Huntington’s final score was halfway through the second half, scoring off a penalty kick. The kick was low and to the corner of the net, out of reach for Columbia City goalkeeper Nick Hatfield.
“Penalty kicks are pretty much a given,” Bechtold said.
Hatfield had a busy morning with Huntington North shooting 15 shots on goal. Hatfield had 11 saves for the day.
Though the Eagles weren’t able to make a comeback, they proved that they weren’t willing to give up by scoring the final goal of the game.
The Eagles found the goal when Devin Rice broke through the middle of the Viking defense and scored with 6:21 to go in the game.
Columbia City hosts DeKalb tonight at the Max Gandy Athletic Field, looking to get a hold of a conference win.