Columbia High outshot host La Center, 18 to 16, but lost the Sept. 18 SWW 1A League Trico Division girls soccer match 2-0.
The victory left the Wildcats-- who scored a goal in each half--all alone in first place atop the Trico standings at 2-0, while the Bruins fell into a three-way tie for second at 1-1.
"Our team was a bit flat from the beginning and we never really recovered," Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga said. "We did not meet our major objectives of movement without the ball and communication, and La Center took control quickly."
Still, the Wildcats didn't score their first goal until the 30-minute mark, when Shay Cheeseman broke through the Bruins' defensive line "and scored a very controlled ball to the corner," Kasenga said.
The score remained 1-0 up to the 85th minute. La Center got its insurance goal on a shot by Christina Cox.
Cox's goal followed a save by CHS goalkeeper Claire Stevenson--her fourth stop of the night. After Stevenson deflected the ball away from the Bruins' goal, Cox gained control of it and knocked it into the back of the net.
Columbia had its chances throughout the second half, however.
Led by Shannon McNallan, Naomi Halpern and Michelle McMillen, the Bruins put 13 shots on goal against La Center keeper Ashley Mate, who finished with 11 saves.
Kasenga said Columbia can't wait for its Oct. 11 rematch with La Center, which has won the last two meetings between the teams.
"We look forward to hosting the Wildcats at CHS," she said. "I expect we will have healthier players, which will allow for a deeper bench to pull from and possibly an element of surprise in a different attacking formation."
Columbia's next two matches are at home against Trico opponents--Castle Rock tonight and Rochester next Tuesday.
CHS and Stevenson will make up a previously scheduled Trico match on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. The match was originally slated to be played last Thursday but was postponed because of the Broughton Fire near Underwood.