Bull Dogs beat Olympians in lightning-delayed men’s football game

They waited two days to play. And then they waited again.

Columbus North and Columbus East were originally scheduled to meet in men’s football on Thursday night. Persistent lightning caused this game to be postponed until Saturday night.

The Bull Dogs and Olympians returned to the BCSC Soccer Complex on Saturday night, but so did lightning. The teams made the introductions and were on the pitch ready for kick-off when the lighting was spotted.

About an hour and a half later, the teams reappeared on the pitch, this time for good. And it was North who came away with a 2-1 victory.

The Bull Dogs entered the table at the end of the first half when Aidan Whitley took a pass from Misaki Takemoto and finished on the left side of the box in the 39th minute.

Leading 1-0 at halftime, North struck again early in the second half. Nathan Imlay led a Whitley corner kick in the 43rd minute to make it 2-0.

The Olympians got on the board in the 58th minute when Chris Quisenberry landed a 23-yard free kick and placed it in the upper right corner of the net, just out of reach of Bull Dog goalkeeper Oscar Ballinas.

Quisenberry had a chance to equalize in the dying minutes, but his shot from the top of the box went just over the crossbar.

North (4-0) finished with a 12-6 advantage. The Bull Dogs put seven shots on goal to four for the Olympians (2-2-1).

Pete Coriden recorded five saves for the East. Ballinas finished with three saves for North.