PBC Tournament: Columbus Downs North Georgia 3-0
Evans, GA – The Columbus State women's soccer team had a
dominating performance in the Peach Belt Conference semifinals and
defeated 13th ranked North Georgia 3-0 Friday evening at
Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia. CSU improves to
15-3-2 on the season while the Lady Saints fall to 15-2-1.
North Georgia got off to a quick start playing in the Columbus State defensive third but the Lady Cougars quickly got it together and got on the offensive. In the seventh minute, Jackie Ellis played a ball to Stephanie Lowery who took a shot just outside the penalty box which deflected off a Lady Saint and into the goal for an early 1-0 lead.
CSU extended their lead less than three minutes later when Kelsey Pelletier beat her defender up the right wing and served a ball low into the box which Ellis one-timed to make a 2-0 contest.
The Lady Cougars came out of the break continuing with their attacking mentality and had several opportunities to widen their lead. Ellis nearly got on the end of another goal identical to her first, this time it was Kiana Nicholson who played it across but it was re-directed just wide of the net. The senior also nearly put away a header in the second half as well.
Ashley Miller finally put the game away in the 63rd minute when she was able to chip the NG goalkeeper for her third goal of the season.
With the win, Mary Mancin improved to 15-3-2 on the season posting her ninth shutout of the season. Mancin kept the blank sheet by making six saves in the contest. Kirsten Ross played the full 90 minutes for North Georgia allowing three goals while registering two saves.
The Lady Cougars outshot North Georgia 16-11 in the match firing eight shots in each half. CSU also held a slight 8-6 edge in corner kicks.
Columbus State will now take on Armstrong Atlantic State University on Sunday, November 6 in the PBC Tournament Finals after they defeated Lander 3-2 in overtime in their semifinal contest. The winner of the match will claim the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Tournament. CSU will be looking to win their fifth PBC Tournament championship in the past six years.