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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Prior to the opening play of the Columbia City boyâ€™s varsity soccer game Saturday, the six team members representing the senior class and their parents were introduced.
In a game pitting the Eagles against the Heritage Patriots, it appeared the seniors and team mates would celebrate a hard-earned victory.
Unfortunately, the second half play didnâ€™t match the first 40-minute effort and it turned costly for the Eagles.
Columbia City held a 1-0 advantage throughout the contest but the second half proved the one goal lead would not be enough. Heritage found the net twice during a three minute period to eek out a 2-1 win.
â€śI thought we played with a lot of heart starting out but we have to play that style from start to finish,â€ť said Coach Derek Rice.
After playing 30 scoreless minutes in the first half, junior forward Jordan Gregory scored the lone Eagle goal with 9:10 remaining.
The one goal advantage held up until senior Aaron Horne spotted an opening in the Eagle defense for a goal with 12:41 remaining.
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