EVANS, Ga. – For the third consecutive season, the fifth-ranked and top-seeded Columbus State University women’s soccer program won the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship defeating 17th-ranked and third-seeded North Georgia 3-2 on Sunday evening. The match was played at Blanchard Woods Park.
The championship is the seventh overall for the Lady Cougars, the most of any PBC women’s soccer program.
Columbus State (18-2-0) receives the Peach Belt’s automatic berth by virtue of the championship. The NCAA Tournament selections will be announced on Monday at 6 p.m.
“We played really well tonight,” head coach Jay Entlich said. “North Georgia is a very good team and we jumped on them early and kept adding on.
“We have two of our goals behind us now, and now we can turn our attention to the NCAA Tournament.”
It was North Georgia (14-2-3) that got off to a fast start on Sunday, getting off a pair of dangerous shots in the first five minutes. Maylyn Parsons snagged one out of the air, while the second deflected off the crossbar.
However, it was CSU that struck first in the 14th minute. The Nighthawks failed to clear a bouncing ball in the center of the box and Hugrun Elvarsdottir wound up with it. The junior delivered a perfect shot into the left side for her eighth goal of the season.
CSU had a chance to extend its lead nine minutes later, but Olivia Jarrell’s strike from long distance clanged off the crossbar and stayed out of the net.
The match went to halftime at 1-0 before the Lady Cougars added on in the second.
In the 57th minute, Nicole Corcione worked the ball into the box from the left side. The senior delivered a pass in
to the center where Jarrell was able to tap it past the keeper for her team-leading 17th goal of the season.
Nine minutes later, Brooke Nail slipped a pass through the defense on the right side of the box and Mandy Janowitz deposited it into the net on a slide. The goal was the 10th of the year for Janowitz.
UNG would not go away quietly though, getting a penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute and another tally in the 84th minute to bring the score within one. However, the Nighthawks would not get another shot off over the final six minutes.
Maylyn Parsons earned another win for the Lady Cougars with all 90 minutes in net. The senior made eight saves on the evening.
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