COLUMBUS — On a cloudy Thursday afternoon, Coach Jeff Renn’s Columbus Titans were looking for their third win in a row as they hosted the Coach Matt Ysusi’s Independence Bulldogs. The Bulldogs dashed the Titans hopes by posting a 3-1 victory.
Independence got on the board early in the third minute on a goal by Bulldog sophomore midfielder Lane Schicke that shot off a squared pass at the 18-yard box that was struck by teammate Collin Cushing. Independence had the early 1-nil lead.
In the 59th minute, Independence junior midfielder Mason Ballew was yellow carded for retaliation against Columbus goalkeeper Cody Spainhower as Spainhower made the save.
The four other goals in the game came in the second half. In the sixty-ninth minute, Schicke would find fellow Bulldog Tyler Posch about twenty yards out for the shot that would go in low at the far post past Titan goalkeeper Spainhower.
Columbus would get their only tally in the 78th minute as striker Brice Bennett would blast a shot past Independence goalkeeper Jordan Craft. Craft had bobbled the ball allowing Bennett to get a foot on the ball for the shot. The score would be 2-1 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs were not done with their scoring on the afternoon as Cushing crossed the ball center field to Ballew for the shot that found the low right corner of the net. With the final Independence goal, the game would end with the score 3-1 in favor of the Bulldogs.
“Hopefully, we watched how they [Independence] did pass the ball real well, and that’s where we want to get," Renn said. "Their passing and their communication skills on the field was something we’re trying to get to, and hopefully we are improving each day on that so that one of these days we can beat a team, a quality team like that."
Independence would out shoot Columbus 31-5. Corner kicks also favored the Bulldogs at 13-2. Fouls favored the Titans at 3-7. Independence goalie Craft had one0 save compared to Columbus’ Spainhower’s 10. The only offside penalty was called on Independence.
With the victory, Independence moves to 3-7. The Bulldogs will be idle until Oct. 2 when they travel to Wichita, to take on Trinity Academy in a 4:30 p.m. match. The Titans are 2-6 after the loss. Columbus will be in action again on Saturday as they participate in the Coffeyville Tournament scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.