Columbus girls move on at GNAC tournament

April 7, 2019

Seeded fifth out of five teams, Columbus High girls soccer proved any doubters wrong on Friday afternoon, earning a 3-0 victory over Scottsbluff in the first round of the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in North Platte.

Maddie Uhlig scored a pair of first-half goals and the defense took care of it the rest of the way for a Discoverer team that improved to 4-3 on the season and set itself up for a semifinal match Saturday against the hosts.

The match takes place at 10 a.m. The winner moves on to face the winner of the contest between Gering and Hastings at 2 p.m. The losers face off for third place at the same time.

The Discoverers are looking to make it back-to-back GNAC titles after raising the conference trophy a year ago.

“We didn’t change anything defensively,” coach Luis Pulido said about holding the 2-0 lead his group established through the first 40 minutes. “I think the way we set up was fine, and it worked for the whole game.

“Today we were actually building an attack where girls were making runs. We looked a lot better in the offensive half than we have in any of our other games.”

Uhlig scored her first on a deflection off a defender that took the goalkeeper out of the play in the third minute. Alexis Haynes fed her for the second goal 30 minutes later.

“We went in as the fifth seed, and I don’t see that as an indicator of the team we are,” Pulido said. “For us, this is good. This is kind of a game to get into the tournament because the way it’s set up. If you lose today, you’re out. Now we get to play twice tomorrow.”