COLUMBUS — It was a beautiful day for soccer, but it was not a pleasant afternoon for Coach Jeff Renn’s Columbus Titans. Coach Daniel Lewis’ College Heights Cougars proved to be too much for the Titans to handle within the first eight minutes.
Cougar forward Dalton Zarrabi started the scoring on his way to a hat trick on the afternoon in the 8th minute of the match after dribbling through a couple of defenders a placing a shot in back of the net from the corner 18-yard box. Two minutes later, College Heights forward Brantly Gossett hit from the penalty mark on a squared pass on the flank from midfielder Kellen Grantham. In the 28th minute, Grantham again had the assist on a cross to Gossett who headed the ball past Titan junior goalkeeper Cody Spainhower. Three minutes after Gossett’s second goal, Zarrabi found the net again as he dribbled past 3 defenders for a shot from the 6-yard box.
Gossett would complete his hat trick on the next goal in the 33rd minute on a cross from Cougar forward Christopher Taylor. Gossett’s shot hit the upper ninety near post for the tally. Taylor would get his second assist as Zarrabi completed his own hat trick in the 35th minute. Taylor centered to Zarrabi who struck just outside the 18-yard box for the far post upper ninety. The score would be 6-nil in favor of College Heights at the half.
The second half would see the Cougars score 4 more times on the Titans. In the 60th minute, Taylor would clean up the trash on a deflection and kick the ball between Spainhower’s legs to make the score 7-0.
Two minutes after Taylor’s goal, Zarrabi would add a 4th goal to his stats on the afternoon by dribbling to the penalty mark and shooting to the middle of the goal crushing it past Columbus’ keeper Spainhower. Next, Cougar fullback Drew Satterfield took the corner kick and connected with the head of Josiah Braeckel for the 9th goal of the game. The final tally would be by Satterfield as he scored off a deflection as time expired.
The Titans did get off three shots in the second half. One was by Columbus senior Brice Bennett but was not on goal. Junior Aaron Bigando would shoot twice with only one shot being on goal. Spainhower would end the game with fourteen saves for the Titans while Cougar goalkeeper Caleb Stratton would end the game with 1. College Heights had forty-seven shots total for twenty-four on goal. The Cougars also edged out the Titans on corner kicks 12-1. Fouls were even at two each, and College Heights was flagged once for offsides. Twenty-one percent of the time the Cougars shot, the ball found the back of the net. The percentage would have been higher if not for the tough play of Titan fullback Katrina Froebe and company on defense
The win moved the College Heights Cougars to (8-2) and placed the Columbus Titans at (0-5). The Columbus Titans take on the Independence Bulldogs in a 4:30 p.m. clash at home Thursday.