Lady Cougars Roll Past UNC Pembroke
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
In a rematch of the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship, the third-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team grabbed a 4-1 victory over UNC Pembroke on Thursday. The match was played at the Walden Soccer Complex.
Columbus State (8-0-1, 5-0-0 PBC) stayed atop the PBC standings with its fifth consecutive victory.
“We’ve been working a lot in practice on finishing at the net,” head coach Jay Entlich said. “It was good to see some of that translate into the game and it allowed us to get four goals against a really good defensive team in UNC Pembroke.”
Looking to start quickly, the Lady Cougars came out firing. Riley Clark blasted a shot in the fifth minute that was deflected by the keeper, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and fell to the feet of Brooke Nail for the tap in goal. It was the third tally of the season for the senior.
Columbus State fired off the first eight shots of the day, however UNC Pembroke (3-3-0, 0-2-0) leveled the match at one on its first shot in the 23rd minute.
The Lady Cougars roared right back though, as Olivia Jarrell chipped a ball in from the left side to a waiting Rachael Sweigard at the back post for another strike from in close.
The match went to the break at 2-1 with the Lady Cougars holding a 12-1 advantage in the shot column.
CSU’s offensive dominance continued in the second half. Jarrell was on the receiving end in the 53rd minute, scoring her seventh goal of the season off a cross from Flo Spano.
Sweigard capped the scoring in the 75th minute with her second strike of the day, this time off a crossing pass from Maddie DeFranco. The freshman now has four goals on the year.
The Lady Cougars outshot the Braves 26-4 on the day.
Columbus State will hit the road Saturday to take on USC Aiken. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Aiken, S.C.