NCAA Regional - Day 1 Recaps
Columbus State 5, Queens 0
Columbus, GA - Columbus State got four second-half goals to
break open a close game againts Queens University of Charlotte,
taking a 5-0 win in the NCAA Division II women's soccer Southeast
Regional. CSU (18-3-1), the #3 seed, advances to take on #2 seed
Carson-Newman on Sunday at 1 PM.
Queens (7-11-4) sees its season end after the Royals won their last four regular season games and then swept through the Carolinas Conference Tournament with three wins on penalty kicks.
CSU got on the board first in the opening period. Freshman Jessica Woodson took a centering pass from Stephanie Parrish and scooted it just past a diving Kristen Kornacki and just inside the left post for the goal. Woodson's sixth goal of the season came in the 28th minute of play.
The two teams battled each other for the remaining minutes of the half with neither able to get the ball into the net. CSU was able to get off eight shots in the period, with Kornacki making a pair of saves and allowing just the one score. The Royals managed a pair of shots with Monica Sanchez getting saves on both of those attempts.
Senior Hannah Ospina padded the CSU lead in the 54th minute, taking a Jill Walthall pass and punching it past Kornacki for a 2-0 lead. Twin sister Judith followed 15 minutes later with a goal on a penalty kick to put CSU up 3-0.
Parrish added a pair of insurance goals just 1:22 apart late in the game to provide the final margin. On the first of her pair, the freshman forward took a Hillary Holder pass and beat Kornacki to the lower left corner for a 4-0 lead. That score came at the 82:31 mark. At the 83:53 mark, Parrish beat a defender and rifled a shot to the upper right 90 to make it 5-0.
The Lady Cougars out-shot Queens 25-3 on the night and dominated in corner kicks by a 13-0 margin. CSU also came out on top in the fouls category by a 17-8 margin.
Kornacki was the bright spot for Queens, despite the five goals allowed. She had seven saves in the second half alone and finished with nine overall as she faced a barrage of shots. She had a number of acrobatic saves in the second half as CSU put constant pressure on the Royals' defense.
CSU meets Carson-Newman for the second time this season on Sunday. Ironically, it was the Eagles who gave the Lady Cougars their last defeat, way back on September 9th in a 1-0 win at the CSU complex. CSU is 15-0-1 since that loss with 12 shutouts in that span.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for students down to age 12, $2 for age 12 and under, and children age three and under are admitted free.
Lincoln Memorial 2, Armstrong Atlantic State 1
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Fifth-seeded Lincoln Memorial ran its unbeaten
streak to eight matches with a 2-1 win over fourth-seeded Armstrong
Atlantic State in the first round of the 2007 NCAA DII Southaest
Women*s Soccer regional on Friday afternoon in Savannah. The Lady
Railsplitters (15-4-1) advance to face top-seed Tusculum (14-6) on
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in second-round action. The No. 24-ranked
Pirates (14-5-1) see their third season of competition come to a
In a match featuring two of the top offenses in the nation, incoln Memorial struck early with two goals in the match's first 18 minutes. Juliana Povoa tallied the first goal in the 14th minute, off of a feed from SAC Player of the Year Heloisa de Oliveira, then de Oliveira delivered again in the 18th minute, passing up a shot to instead feed Karina Campos. Campos* shot put the Railsplitters up, 2-0, which urned out to be all the goals they needed.
The Pirates got back to within one goal in the 36th minute. A deflected shot off of AASU midfielder Kyndal Schaaf went off the hands of LMU goalkeeper Denise de Resende and over the line for a corner kick. Kristin Burton's corner kick bounced around in the box, before rebounding back out to Burton on the left side. The sophomore's shot curled inside the far post for her 23rd goal of the season and sent the atch into intermission, 2-1.
AASU's best chance to equalize in the second half came on amie Craine's tester from 28 yards out, which was punched over the crossbar by de Resende in the 72nd minute. AASU keeper Tracey Mitchell made two saves on LMU's de Oliviera in the second half.
Shots between the two teams - playing each other for the first time in school history - were nearly even as AASU held a slim 24-20 advantage. De Resende made five saves in net for LMU, while Mitchell made six saves for the Pirates. AASU held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. LMU and Tusculum meet for the third time this season on Sunday, and meet just a week after their semi-final matchup in the SAC tournament in which the Railsplitters won, 1-0.