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Lions ease past North

Restoration Christian spoiled the debut of North Harrison’s first-year soccer coach Ethan Maple last Thursday with a 4-1 win in Ramsey.
The Cougars drew first blood on a John James goal from 25 yards out just a few minutes into the game. Eighteen minutes later, however, Gregory Nieter kicked a rebound past North freshman goalie Tyler Wood to start a barrage of shots on a goal by the visiting Lions.
After Nieter’s goal, Ricky Garuccio netted a slow dribbler and Robby Hinkle scored one from 35 yards out for a 3-1 lead at the intermission.
North held Restoration to just one goal in the second half, that coming from Hinkle, again, midway through.
In all, the Lions had 28 shots on goal. North had just 12.
‘We’re going to get better each game. That’s the way it will go,’ Maple said. ‘We’ve only got four upperclassmen, so the rest are either freshmen or sophomores. We’ll learn from every game. Our goalie, Tyler Wood, has done well for a first-year player.
‘The thing today is our midfield has to control more. (Restoration) got too many shots through the midfield. But they stuck in there. I’m proud of them.’
North will see Restoration Christian on Sept. 6 at the Lions’ tournament.
n North Harrison has announced that it will field a girls soccer team this year.
The Lady Cats have just six games on the schedule: Aug. 23 at Madison (Madison won, 8-0), Sept. 6 at Jeffersonville (2:30), Sept. 10 at Corydon (5:00), hosting N.E. Dubois on Sept. 16 (6:30), Sept. 30 at Bedford-North Lawrence (7:00) and Oct. 7 at Floyd Central (5:00).