Rice, Eagles win opener 5-0

   COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City boys soccer team followed the footsteps of the Lady Eagles Tuesday night with a 5-0 win at home against Central Noble to kick off the season.
   “It is a good indication for the season having a 5-0 win,” said head coach Chris Bechtold.
   Though it was a team effort, the seniors demonstrated their experience, collecting all the points and assists between them.
   The player that stuck out the most, however, was forward Devin Rice. Rice collected all five of the Eagles goals for the night. Not only did Rice prove he could score, he also proved his accuracy by making five of his seven shots.
   The game started out slow with only one goal in the first half. Senior forward Matt Marty lofted a corner kick in perfect position for Rice to head the ball through the keepers hands and into the back of the net.
   With the first half of the new season under their belts, the Eagles returned for the second half with confidence.
   With 28:29 to go, senior Grant Wood sent a pass to Rice who scored Columbia City’s second goal.
   Shortly after, Rice had a penalty kick that dropped into the goal.
   Even with a 3-0 lead, the Eagles continued to fire away at Central Noble goalie David Troutner. Two goals were scored within the final five minutes of the game. In a quick touch-and-go down the field between Rice and fellow senior Austin Porter, Rice had the final touch to land the ball behind the goal line.
   For his final goal of the game, Rice had a break away run for the goal, leaving Central Noble defenders behind and hitting a wide open shot at the goal.
   “They weren’t all solo goals, a lot came from team passing,” Rice stated.
   He went on to say that team work was what gave him the opportunity to take the shots, he was just the one that happened to score.
   A 5-0 score not only shows a strong offense, but a tough defense as well. Junior Zach Wight posted his first shut-out of the season with four saves.
   “We had a few breakdowns on defense, but overall I think we did a great job,” Bechtold said.
   The Eagles will host Leo Monday for their second home game of the season.