Rice nets four, Eagles overcome early deficit for NHC debut win

   DECATUR — The first half of the Northeast Hoosier Conference opener began with a 0-1 deficit for the Columbia City boys’ soccer team Thursday at Bellmont.
   Both the first and second halves ended with two goals by senior forward Devin Rice who rallied the Eagles to a 5-2 win, adding four more goals to his season total of nine in three games.
   Still looking for their first win of the season, the Braves opened with an early lead on a goal from Holland Herman.
   The lead didn’t last long, with the Eagles getting the first of three first half goals from junior Luke Wallace to tie the game 1-1.
   After assisting in the goal by Wallace, senior captain Devin Rice followed with two goals of his own to finish out the half with a 3-1 lead for Columbia City.
   Bellmont again scored the first goal when the second half got underway. Again, Rice replied with two goals to close the game.
   Tyler Bolinger picked up his second assist of the night on Rice’s first goal of the second half. Rice recorded four goals on five shots while Columbia City needed just nine shots as a team to improve to 2-1.
   CC goalie Zach Wight posted seven saves in the effort.