COLUMBUS,Ga. – The ninth-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team used two goals in the first half and four more after halftime for a 6-0 victory over Clayton State on Wednesday night. The Peach Belt Conference match was played at the Walden Soccer Complex.
The victory was the 21st straight for the Lady Cougars in the month of October and increases their home unbeaten streak to 29.
“We were very efficient tonight,” head coach Jay Entlich said. “We’ve been trying to work on our shooting efficiency and six goals on 16 shots is great progress.”
The two sides spent the first 10 minutes feeling each other out, before Columbus State (8-2-0, 4-1-0 PBC) got rolling. The Lady Cougars had their first two shots blocked, but the third found the back of the net.
Nicole Corcione jumped on a misplay from the Laker defense in the 15th minute and chipped the ball over the charging goalkeeper for her fifth tally of the season.
The senior nearly had a second goal two minutes later, but her header banged off the left post and stayed out of the net.
In the 28th minute, the lead doubled for the Lady Cougars. Taylor Marks played a pass to Hugrun Elvarsdottir in the right side of the box. The junior then rifled a left-footed bender into the net for her second goal of the year.
The lead held at 2-0 through the remainder of the first half and the Lady Cougar offense was just getting started.
A Clayton State (6-3-1, 3-2-1) foul just outside the top of the box set up a CSU free kick less than two minutes into the second. Cassandra Wade took the kick for the Lady Cougars and blasted a shot into the top right of the goal to extend the lead out to three. It was Wade’s fifth goal of the year.
The Lady Cougars then found the goal three more times in a six-minute span. Mandy Janowitz got the spurt started by tapping home a perfect pass from Corcione in the 56th minute.
Three minutes later, freshman Tehgan Anguilm took a free kick from approximately 45 yards out. The kick flew over two Lady Cougars darting toward the net and bounced into the right side of the goal for her first collegiate goal.
The scoring flurry came to a close in the 61st minute as Wade slipped a pass through the backline to Janowitz. The senior scored her second goal of the match as she whistled the ball off the keeper’s hands.
CSU outshot Clayton State 16-4 on the night. The Lakers did not get their first shot off until the 64th minute.
Columbus State will wrap up its three-match homestand on Saturday afternoon with a tilt against Georgia Southwestern. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Walden Soccer Complex.
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