Columbus – The third-seeded Columbus State women's soccer team took down UNC Pembroke by a score of 1-0 Tuesday afternoon in a Peach Belt Conference Tournament Quarterfinals matchup at the Walden Soccer Complex. CSU improves to 14-3-2 on the year and advances to take on North Georgia, the No. 2 seed, after their 4-0 win versus Clayton State. UNC Pembroke ends its season at 9-6-3.
"I am very proud of the way our team played today to advance in the PBC Tournament," said head coach Jay Entlich. "At this point in the season, every game can end your season which our young team is realizing. "We just need to bring our energy and play a full 90 minutes every game and let the rest play out."
Both teams eased into the flow of the game through the early minutes of the match before CSU was finally able to break through in the 18th minute of action. Jaci Carthers played a ball to Stephanie Lowery, who got the ball on her right foot and fired a perfect shot from 25 yards out that was just out of the reach of the leaping Brittney Bennett.
That would prove to be all that Columbus State needed as they limited the Lady Braves to just four shots only one of which was on target.
The Lady Cougars came out firing in the second half taking five shots in the first six minutes. Kiana Nicholson had the best look hitting a left-footed ball just wide of the far right post. Josefin de Broen, Kelsey Pelletier and Lowery also put dangerous balls into the box but a teammate was unable to get on the other end of it.
Mary Mancin picked up the win between the pipes upping her mark to 14-3-2 making the one save she needed to. Britney Bennett suffered the loss falling to 8-5-3 despite making 10 saves in the match.
Columbus State outshot UNCP 21-4 and held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks in the contest. CSU improves to 9-2-1 all-time and 4-0 in PBC Tournament matchups versus the Lady Braves.
CSU advances to play North Georgia on Friday, November 4 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia in a PBC Tournament semifinal contest. The Lady Cougars defeated NG earlier in the season 1-0 giving the Lady Saints (15-1-1) their only loss of the season. In the other semifinal match, No. 1 seed Armstrong Atlantic State University will take on No. 4 seed Lander. Both schools posted 1-0 victories in their opening PBC Tournament games.