Lady Cougars Final Four Bound

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – A 103rd-minute goal from Mandy Janowitz lifted the fifth-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team to a 2-1 double-overtime victory over 16th-ranked West Florida on Sunday. The national quarterfinal match was played at Barry University.

The victory sends the Lady Cougars to the Final Four for the second consecutive season. CSU will face a familiar foe, as it will match up against second-ranked Grand Valley State. The two teams met in last year’s national championship match.

The national semifinal match is scheduled for Thursday, December 1 in Kansas City, Mo.

“The girls showed incredible fight today,” head coach Jay Entlich said. “West Florida was very good today and gave us everything we could handle.

‘We found an extra gear in the overtimes and Mandy made a terrific play.”

Columbus State (21-2-0) got rolling early on Sunday. Olivia Jarrell got off a header in the second minute of the contest that missed just wide.

The Lady Cougars got on the board in the ninth minute. Nicole Corcione dribbled through the attacking third and beat the keeper from just inside the box to give CSU the 1-0 lead. The goal was the senior’s 13th of the season.

Columbus State stayed on the offensive attack throughout the first half, taking eight shots over the first 45 minutes. However, West Florida was able to keep the rest out of the net sending the match to halftime at 1-0.

In the second half, it was West Florida (19-5-0) that flipped the script and controlled the pace of play. The Argos took the opening six shots of the half, the last of which leveled the match.

In the 69th minute, UWF hit the perfect corner kick that bent its way into the box and tucked inside the near post to even the score at one-all.

The two sides then exchanged shots over the final 20 minutes of regulation, but it appeared that CSU was set to go in front in the 87th minute. Taylor Marks got off a clean look from straight on, however the ball deflected off the right post and stayed out of the net.

Columbus State controlled possession in the first overtime, but the two teams attempted just one shot apiece setting up the heroics in the second overtime.

Maylyn Parsons made five saves in net to add another victory to her tally.

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