COLUMBUS — On a cold, cloudy and windy Thursday afternoon, Coach Jeff Renn’s Columbus Titans were looking for the upset against Coach Kevin Gray’s Fort Scott Tigers, as many Soccer Titan starters and main substitutes were out with injuries. The Tigers would only put four goals in on the inexperienced Titan squad with Columbus going out strong in the 79th minute with a goal of their own to make the final tally 4-1 in favor of Fort Scott.
The Tigers got on the board in the 22nd minute on a goal by Chase Howser as he dribbled past one defender and shot low to far post. In the 36th minute Tiger Clayton Hixon would find the back of the net on a pass from the left flank by teammate Tyler Endicott. Hixon’s shot found the low near post for the goal. Fort Scott goalkeeper Brett Allen took a penalty kick in the 38th minute when a handball was called in the box against Columbus. Allen’s shot found the back of the net to make the score 3-0 at halftime.
“I thought they played pretty well tonight. We were fighting the injury bug a little bit.” Renn said. “But, I thought that the people that came in that didn’t have much experience played well tonight, played hard, played aggressive, but not always the smartest plays. I was proud of the effort out there.”
The Titans played the Tigers more evenly in the second half as Fort Scott would finish their scoring in the 47th minute. Again, Chase Howser received a pass from Tyler Endicott from the right flank. Howser took the shot at the top of the 18-yard box and found the net at the far right post for the tally.
Columbus refused to quit as Titan Aaron Bigando juked one defender and dribbled down the line, cut center, and shot the ball high far post in the 79th minute. Bigando’s shot deflected off of the glove of Tiger goalkeeper Allen but had enough velocity to go in the upper 90 of goal for the score.
The Tigers had 32 of 45 shots on goal compared to 4 of 5 shots on goal for the Titans. Columbus goalkeeper Cody Spainhower had 28 saves on the afternoon. Fort Scott goalkeeper Allen had four saves. Fort Scott had 10 corner kicks while Columbus had 1. Fouls were fairly even at 4-3 in favor of the Titans. The only offside penalty of the match was on Columbus.