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No. 25 Lady Cougars break scoring drought, beat Montevallo

MONTEVALLO, Ala. - After being shut out the last two matches, No. 25 Columbus State scored two second half goals to defeat Montevallo 2-0 on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Lady Cougars improve to 14-2-1 overall and 7-2-1 in Peach Belt Conference play. Montevallo falls to 6-8-2 overall and 3-6-1 in conference.

Senior Stephanie Lowery put an end to a lengthy scoreless drought in the 58th minute on a free kick from 30 yards out that found the upper right corner. It was Lowery's ninth goal of the season.

The Lady Cougars had not scored since Ashley Miller's game-winning goal in double overtime against Clayton State on October 14. The drought spanned 258:38, the third longest scoreless drought in program history.

It was also the 18th career game-winning goal for Lowery tying her with Gina Goforth for the most in program history.

Five minutes later, Kansas Bayly put CSU on the board once again. Ashley Miller served a corner kick into the box and Bayly put it in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. For Bayly, it was her sixth goal of the season, while Miller picked up her first assist.

Montevallo looked to take a 1-0 lead early in the first half as Jade Pennock put one in the goal in the 13th minute, but an offsides call wiped the goal off the board.

The Lady Cougars struggled in the first half as the Falcons outshot them 6-5 and went to the break in a scoreless tie.

The second half was completely different. Columbus State took 13 shots over the final 45 minutes compared to just one for Montevallo.

Mary Mancin played all 90 minutes in goal for the Lady Cougars and added another shutout to her total. The senior now has four on the season.

Taylor Kerr allowed both goals for Montevallo and took the loss. She is now 2-4 in six starts this season.

With the victory, the Lady Cougars have now clinched a home game in the opening round of the PBC Tournament. The first round game will be played at the Walden Soccer Complex on Tuesday, October 30 against an opponent still to be determined.

CSU will close out the regular season on Saturday at UNC Pembroke. The Braves defeated USC Aiken 3-2 on Wednesday to improve to 9-5-3 overall and 5-4-1 in conference play. Saturday's match will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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