. - COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Top-seeded Columbus State is heading back to the Sweet 16 in the women's college soccer NCAA tournament, and it's all thanks in large part to junior Georgia Barton.
Her hat trick pushed the Cougars past 4th seeded Armstrong State for the third time this season in their 5-2 win.
They jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first 11 minutes from senior Mandy Janowitz and sophomore Olivia Jarrell. Things seemed to be well in hand until the 17th minute when Armstrong State's Martha Trimbach scored a goal to get the Pirates on the board.
CSU still had a one-goal lead, but Armstrong tied things up on a goal from Michelle Allen in the 30th minute of the match. A foul outside the penalty box set up a 25-yard free kick and Allen sailed one over the leaping keeper Maylyn Parsons. It was Allen's first goal of the season.
From there, junior Barton took over for the Cougars. She planted the next three goals to put Columbus State in the next round with a 5-2 victory with goals in the 36th, 40th and 90th minutes of the match.
Columbus State moves to the next round where they face Peach Belt Conference rival North Georgia for the 3rd time this year. CSU won the previous two encounters, both by a score of 3-2, and they've given the Nighthawks their only two losses of the season.