Horizon soccer matures at Columbia's expense

October 12, 2011

Horizon Christian's soccer players have learned firsthand the difference between playing on their toes vs. their heels.

The aggressive Hawks demonstrated that in a big way Monday when they defeated Columbia Christian 3-1 in a United League match.

"We started playing that way in the second half of our last game (a draw last week at Life Christian)," Coach Oscar Stenberg said. "We continued doing so (Monday).

"That one was a good one for us - all the way around."

Horizon enjoyed a huge advantage in time of possession against Columbia and limited the number of its defensive breakdowns.

On offense, leading scorer Gabe Holste has added ball distribution to his developing game. Stenberg said it has taken some time, but his senior is more effective now that he's distributing the ball over the top to teammates.

Holste delivered the assist on Horizon's first score when he lifted a corner kick to the opposite post where freshman Jared Davis headed it home.

Columbia, which entered the game in second place in league matches, tied the score before halftime but Horizon regrouped and returned to its aggressive play.

Patrick Foss gave Horizon the lead for good midway through the second half with the first goal of his career when he came sprinting down the middle left side and cleaned up a deflection by converting a nifty touch shot past the Columbia keeper.

Foss scored his second career goal 10 minutes later to seal the win. Lanky freshman Mason Bloomster, who used his 6-foot-2 frame to play above the Columbia defense on a couple of occasions, forced the issue with another leaping attempt at a header on a crossing pass from left to right. The Columbia keeper made a play on the ball, but his airborne momentum caused him to go headfirst into Bloomster's chest. Both players went to the ground, while Foss, who had worked around to the right side, tapped in the deflected ball just before it went over the endline a few yards to the right of the post.

Horizon is tied for fourth place with three league games remaining.

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