Lady Cougars Advance to PBC Semifinals
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
The third-ranked and top-seeded Columbus State University women’s soccer team started its quest for a Peach Belt Conference Tournament title with a 4-0 victory over eighth-seeded Clayton State on Tuesday evening. The quarterfinal match was played at the Walden Soccer Complex.
Columbus State (15-0-1) moves into the semifinal round, where it will take on fourth-seeded UNC Pembroke on Friday at 5 p.m. at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.
“It’s always good to get the first postseason game under your belt,” head coach Jay Entlich said. “Clayton State made it very difficult for us to score and I was proud of the way we were able to break them down and get the ball into the net.”
Much like the first meeting between the two teams, Tuesday’s match got started with very few shots. CSU’s first shot of the match came in the 16th minute and both sides had just one shot apiece through the first 23 minutes.
That changed in the 24th minute, as Madeline Goodfellow played a long through ball down the left side for Olivia Jarrell. The senior took it from there, dribbling at the keeper and poking it in far post. The goal was her team-leading 16th of the year.
The match remained at 1-0 until early in the second half, when Columbus State delivered the knockout punch.
In the 58th minute, Flo Spano sent a cross into the box that was punched away by the keeper. However, Amanda Murphy one-timed home the loose ball from the top of the box to double the advantage.
Just 54 seconds later, the Lady Cougars were back on the scoreboard. Jarrell dribbled in from the left side and slotted a cross into the center of the box for Riley Clark to slide into the net. Clark’s 13th of the season stretched the margin to three with 30 minutes remaining.
CSU dominated possession the rest of the way, killing off the final 30 minutes until a final minute ball fell to the feet of Abby Marmito, allowing the sophomore to score her first goal in a Lady Cougar uniform to cap off the night.
Bria Riancho tallied her sixth shutout of the season, keeping Clayton State (6-6-4) out of the scoring column. The sophomore has allowed just one goal in her last 657 minutes in net.