No. 1 Lady Cougars suffer first defeat

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – For the first time in 2016, the top-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team was on the wrong end of the scoreboard as the Lady Cougars dropped a 2-1 decision at Lee on Wednesday night. The match was played at the Lee Soccer Field in Cleveland, Tenn.

“Give all the credit to Lee tonight,” head coach Jay Entlich said. “They have a great team and deserved to win. We had plenty of chances, but we were not finishing efficiently and it got us beat.”

It was Columbus State (3-1-0) in control for the majority of the first half as the Lady Cougars jumped in front early.

Olivia Jarrell tallied the opening goal of the night for the Lady Cougars as she dribbled around defenders in the left side of the box before beating the keeper for her second goal of the year.

The Lady Cougars stayed on the attack throughout the half, outshooting the Lady Flames 7-1 until late in the first.

Lee (3-1-1) began to push toward the net in the final stages of the first 45 minutes, getting three good looks at goal before the break. Maylyn Parsons was able to keep the Lady Flames off the board though, giving CSU the one-goal edge at halftime.

The equalizer came shortly after the break for Lee as Lauren Peters got behind the Columbus State backline and lofted a shot over Parsons and into the net in the 48th minute of play.

The Columbus State offense then took the match over once more as the Lady Cougars outshot Lee 11-2 over the next 35 minutes, but CSU could not find the back of the net.

Lee finally broke the one-all tie with under seven minutes to play as Summer Lanter got on the end of a long through ball, dribbled past a diving Parsons and squared it into the net for the eventual game-winner.

The Lady Cougars got off three more dangerous shots in the final five minutes looking for the tying goal, but each missed just wide of the mark.

CSU outshot the Lady Flames 21-9 on the night, but put just six shots on goal. The Lady Cougars also held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.

Columbus State will open up Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday as it returns to the Walden Soccer Complex. The Lady Cougars will take on USC Aiken at 1 p.m. and it will be Military Appreciation Day.



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