Columbus’ senior Juan Ixquiactap (2) moves around a defender as teammate Israel Robledo watches in a game earlier this season. Ixquiactap took a 2-1 lead in a 3-2 win over CHS in Lincoln Northeast on Thursday.
Columbus High Boys Soccer didn’t have an easy time making it to 500 on Thursday, despite facing a Lincoln Northeast squad with three wins.
Granted, coach John Arlt said his side didn’t play well, but much of that credit goes to the Rockets. Thankfully, Columbus has grown into a roster that can win such competitions when it’s not at their best. That wasn’t the case earlier this season.
Columbus won 3-2 despite giving up the first goal of the game. CHS improved to 7-7 with the win and won the sixth in a row to avoid losing the regular season for the first time in program history.
“It wasn’t our best, but it’s a win and that’s what matters,” said Arlt. “I’m serious, it wasn’t nice.”
Northeast scored four minutes after the start of the game and led 1-0 until the 15th minute when senior Jairo Rodriguez equalized. Co-senior Juan Ixquiactap put CHS in the lead for the first time five minutes later. That quick excitement could have been enough to finally use the momentum. Instead, the Rockets scored less than two minutes in the first half and prepared for the final 40 minutes.
Junior Alex Ortiz scored the winning goal by less than three minutes when he scored his 13th goal of the season. The goalkeeper from the northeast came out of the target to prevent a rush on a strange man. Ortiz made a touch and passed him to have an open look at an empty cage.