COLUMBUS, Ga. - North Georgia scored three second half goals to upend Columbus State 3-2 on Wednesday night in Peach Belt Conference play. The match took place at the Walden Soccer Complex.
It's just the second time in program history that CSU has lost back-to-back PBC matches. The Lady Cougars also lost to Clayton State 3-0 on Sunday.
"We played really well in the first half especially on the defensive side of the ball limiting them to four shots," commented head coach Jay Entlich. "After halftime, we became really relaxed and allowed them to score three goals."
Columbus State (10-5-0, 6-2 PBC) got on the board early in the match when Jackie Hellett and Andi Larese hooked up for a 15th minute goal. Larese dribbled the ball into the left side of the box and played it to Hellett. In the box, the junior fired the ball into the left side of the net for her second goal of the year.
Just five minutes later, CSU had a golden opportunity to add on to its lead. Nicole Corcione headed a dangerous shot that North Georgia (10-3-1, 5-2-1) goalie Mallory Sayre knocked away. The ball found Hellett but her shot was denied again by Sayre.
In the 44th minute, Mandy Janowitz was just inches away from her fifth goal of the season hitting the crossbar with a shot from outside of the box.
After limiting PBC leading scorer Kelly Penston to just two shots in the opening half, it took her just 10 minutes into the second frame to tie the match. Cicely Taliaferro snuck a pass by CSU defenders that found a running Penston. In a one versus one with Meosha Hatcher, Penston beat her to the left to tie the match.
Looking to go-ahead, Columbus State earned an indirect kick in the box after Kelsey Pelletier was taken down. On the kick, Pelletier pushed it back to Shelby Rolling who fired a shot high in the 57th minute.
In the 70th minute, Shea Wilby tried to bend a shot from the right side of the box but her attempt missed just wide left.
Penston struck again in the 73rd minute with another one-on-one with Hatcher but her shot went high and hit off the crossbar. Mollie Arrendale was following her and cleaned up the play with her third goal of the year.
In an almost identical play in the 78th minute, a Penston shot attempt was blocked by Hatcher but Caroline Wallace was there for the rebound goal.
The Lady Cougars attempted to make things interesting late in the match. In the 82nd minute, Chelsea Person used her left foot from just outside of the box to inch CSU closer.
One last effort for the Lady Cougars ended with a Courtney Jacquay shot that went just high in the 88th minute.
It was the first time this season that Columbus State lost when scoring the first goal.
Meosha Hatcher took the loss falling to 9-3-0 while making six saves. Mallory Sayre (9-3-1) made five saves in the effort.