Lady Cougars Set for Regular Season Home Finale
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
The third-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team will play its final regular season home match on Wednesday against Tusculum. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Walden Soccer Complex.
Columbus State (12-0-1, 9-0-0 PBC) enters the match on a nine-game winning streak and is one of just six programs left in Division II without a loss this season.
The Lady Cougars wrapped up a regular season Peach Belt Conference championship on Saturday, with a 5-2 victory at Francis Marion. CSU has now won six straight regular season titles, matching the Peach Belt women’s soccer record set by Columbus State from 2005-10.
The conference championship was the 12th for the Lady Cougars in 15 years as a program. No other PBC program has more than three since the conference began sponsoring women’s soccer in 2000.
Columbus State is up to second in the country in scoring at 4.08 goals per match. The Lady Cougars have led Division II in scoring each of the past two seasons. CSU has scored at least three goals in its last nine contests, matching the program’s longest streak with three goals or more done during the 2016 season.
Olivia Jarrell comes streaking into Wednesday’s match with goals in six straight games and eight of the last nine. The senior is now tied for the PBC lead with 14 goals and leads the conference with 36 points. Jarrell is also tied for second with eight assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bria Riancho added another scoreless outing to her tally on Saturday at FMU, giving her four straight matches without allowing a goal. Riancho has played 377 consecutive scoreless minutes entering Wednesday.
CSU and Tusculum will meet for the 10th time on Wednesday. The Lady Cougars have won five in a row against the Pioneers and hold a 6-3-0 mark all-time. Columbus State defeated TC 4-0 last season in Greenville, Tenn.
Tusculum is 7-5-3 overall this season and coming off a 2-1 loss in double overtime against Mars Hill on Saturday. The Pioneers own victories this season against Carson-Newman and Nova Southeastern.