Americus – The Columbus State women's soccer earned a 5-2 Peach Belt Conference win Wednesday night against Georgia Southwestern at Hurricane Field in Americus, Georgia. The win ended a three game winless streak for the Lady Cougars and upped their record to 7-3-2 on the year and 2-2-1 in conference action while GSW falls to 3-8 overall and 0-3 in the PBC.
Kansas Bayly helped lift CSU to victory as she scored the first of her two goals just 2:43 into the contest off a corner kick. She then scored in the 21st minute when a GSW defender lost control of the ball inside the penalty box. Bayly fired a shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar and into the net for a 2-0 lead. Josefin de Broen knocked in her first goal of the year less than four minutes later to push the lead to three.
Georgia Southwestern answered right before the end of the half as Nicole Hudson collected a ball that was unable to be cleared and scored from 20 yards out over CSU goalkeeper Mary Mancin with just 1:46 left in the first 45 minutes of play. The Lady Hurricanes cut the deficit to one in the second half when Julia Wells collected a deflection and put in her second goal of the year.
Kelsey Pelletier put the game away for Columbus State when she was the beneficiary of a GSW turnover which allowed her to net her third goal of the year in the 65th minute. Stephanie Lowery closed out the scoring with 3:34 to go when she converted a penalty kick.
Mary Mancin (7-3-2) picked up the win playing the first 45 minutes making two saves while allowing one goal. Katlin Stephens played the second half surrendering one goal while also making a save. Amber Bahri played all 90 minutes falling to 3-8 giving up all five CSU goals.
The two goals scored by the Lady Hurricanes are the first two allowed by Columbus State in their six all-time meetings with GSW.
Columbus State outshot Georgia Southwestern 19-7 and held a 12-3 advantage in corner kicks. There were only five fouls called in the match with CSU picking up three of them.
The Lady Cougars return to the pitch on Saturday, October 8 when they travel to take on Georgia College in a Peach Belt Conference matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.