Savannah – Second-ranked Grand Valley State University scored two second half goals to down the 13th-ranked Columbus State University women's soccer team Sunday morning. The match took place in Savannah as part of the Holiday Inn Express Savannah Midtown "Clash on the Coast".
"This was an extremely tough weekend for our young team," stated 10th-year head coach Jay Entlich. "We learned about ourselves after playing two of the top teams in the nation and it gave us an opportunity to teach the girls and to get better in the long run."
"We are looking forward to training this week and preparing for two more tough opponents."
The Grand Valley offense began firing shots early in the match as freshman goalkeeper Maylyn Parsons, starting in the place of the injured Meosha Hatcher, made two saves in the first two minutes of action.
In the 29th minute, the Lakers (1-0-1) had a dangerous combination of shots as Olivia Emery's shot attempt was blocked but the ball bounded to Jenny Shaba who sent a shot just above the crossbar.
Columbus State (0-2) put together an attack after the free kick and Jackie Hellett fired a shot but it was saved by Abbey Miller. Miller had to make another save just two minutes later on a Mandy Janowitz shot attempt.
After the two teams went into the break scoreless, GVSU continued to put pressure on the Lady Cougar defense as the Lakers had four shot attempts in the first eight minutes of action in the second half.
CSU had a scoring chance in the 55th minute as a Kelsey Pelletier shot was blocked in the box.
On a Columbus State free kick in the 59th minute, Grand Valley took possession and Katie Klunder passed the ball to Charlie Socia. Socia dribbled a few yards before sending a shot about 35-yards out into the upper left corner of the net for the match's first goal.
Just a few minutes later, Michelle Foote went one-on-one with Parsons and sent a shot past her to the right for the second goal of the match.
The Lady Cougars had only four shots in the final 25 minutes of action including two by Pelletier.
Grand Valley State held a 27-9 advantage in shots and took 10 corner kicks to CSU's three.
Maylyn Parsons (0-2) saved six of the eight shots on goal.
Columbus State will return to Columbus to open its home portion of the schedule on Friday, September 13 as the Lady Cougars play host to Tusculum College at 7:00 p.m. The match will be a part of the CSU Collegiate Invitational.