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Alexis Haynes

Columbus High sophomore Alexis Haynes races for the ball on Thursday in a game against Bellevue West at home. Columbus lost 2-1.

Columbus High School girls soccer knew it was facing a tough challenge when the team had to host the No. 8 ranked team according to the Lincoln Journal Star in Class A Bellevue West on Thursday.

Bellevue West, 11-2 going into the contest, has been a tough team all year.

CHS was ranked in its own right, holding the No. 10 spot in Class B with a 6-5 record.

But unfortunately for the the hosts, a Bellevue West goal in the 88th minute ended the upset bid and gave the visitors a 2-1 lead. CHS pushed for an equalizer but was unable to find one.

"They're a top team and we went out and battled," said head coach Luis Pulido after the game. "When we had the ball we were creating. We had chances and had them on the backfield for parts of the game."

The first half saw both teams fight for possession on what proved to be a windy day.

Neither team was able to score for almost the entirety of the initial half, but the Thunderbirds found the back of the net in the 40th minute to give themselves a 1-0 lead headed into the break.

Columbus wasn't discouraged, though, as sophomore Katelyn Lantis was able to score just 15 seconds in the second half.

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The goal came when sophomore Madison Jenny passed the ball back to Lantis after the opening free-kick and Lantis launched the ball from the bottom of the circle near midfield to even the game up at 1-1.

Lantis said she was excited after scoring the goal.

Although Columbus High didn't come away with the victory Pulido said that he hopes to continue to see his team perform like it did Thursday.

"Just to continue this," he said. "I think this is probably one of the best games we've had in terms of ball movement. If we can maintain this, we'll be good."

The Discoverers have two regular season games left.

CHS will host Lexington on Monday before closing out the regular season traveling to Bryan next Thursday.

The postseason begins on April 29, when CHS plays in districts.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.

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