Lady Cougars Take on UNC Pembroke in PBC Semis
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
The top-seeded and third-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team is set to take on fourth-seeded UNC Pembroke in Friday’s semifinal round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.
Columbus State (15-0-1) advanced into the semis behind a 4-0 victory over eighth-seeded Clayton State in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round, while UNC Pembroke (10-4-1) downed fifth-seeded North Georgia 1-0.
The Lady Cougars are in the semifinals for the ninth consecutive season and 13th time in 14 PBC Tournament appearances. CSU is 11-1 overall in semifinal contests.
Columbus State and UNC Pembroke met back on Oct. 4 in Columbus with the Lady Cougars coming away with a 4-1 victory. Brooke Nail scored in the fifth minute of action before the Braves tied it up in the 23rd. Rachael Sweigard gave the Lady Cougars the lead back in the 28th minute and CSU led 2-1 at the break.
Olivia Jarrell stretched the lead to two early in the second half, and Sweigard capped everything off with her second of the day with just over 15 minutes to play. CSU outshot the Braves 26-4 on the afternoon.
Columbus State and UNC Pembroke are playing for the 24th time overall on Friday, and the ninth time in the PBC Tournament. CSU is 18-4-1 all-time against the Braves and 7-1-0 in postseason action.
The lone UNCP victory over Columbus State in tournament action came in last year’s championship match. The Braves netted an early penalty kick and held on for a 1-0 win despite CSU leading 25-4 in shots.
The Lady Cougars have several players rolling offensively leading up to Friday’s match. Senior Olivia Jarrell, the conference’s leading scorer, has scored in 10 of the last 12 matches with 14 goals in that period. Junior Riley Clark has eight goals in her last seven matches and has recorded at least one point in eight straight.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bria Riancho notched her sixth shutout of the season on Tuesday against Clayton State. She has allowed just one goal in her last 657 minutes in net.