Cougars Advance to PBC Title Game 3-1 over Flagler

Photo by Bob Stoner Images
Photo by Bob Stoner Images

EVANS, GA – The Columbus State Cougars got two goals from Riley Clark as they defeated Flagler 3-1 in the PBC women's soccer tournament semifinals on Friday in Evans.  With the win, the second-seeded Cougars (15-2) return to the PBC Championship game on Sunday where they will face fourth-seeded UNC Pembroke.  Third-seeded Flagler (15-2-2) will await the NCAA Tournament selections on Sunday to find out when they will play again.

The Saints got off to a fast start in the first five minutes of the contest before Columbus State's relentless pressure took hold, resulting in the first goal at the 11:20 mark.  CSU packed the box and sent a ball deep which bounced off two Flagler players before crossing the line for an own goal and 1-0 CSU lead.

The second half proved more lively as both teams opened up and played at both ends of the field.  CSU went up 2-0 as Clark cleaned up a corner kick from Tehgan Anguilm at the 56:40 mark, one of nine CSU corner kicks of the day.

Flagler answered three minutes later as Hannah Dolores took a great through ball from Fio Fustagno and put it in the right corner.

Flagler nearly tied the game in the 74th minute as Fio Fustagno threaded through the CSU defense and put a shot on the ground.  CSU goalkeeper Brian Riancho deflected the shot off her fingertips just enough to send it wide of the crossbar, one of her six saves on the day.

Clark struck again at the 84:10 mark.  The sophomore from Peachtree City, Ga., took a pass from Cassandra Wade and beat her defender to get a clear shot and put the game out of reach.

Flagler keeper Sarah-Lisa Dubel made 14 saves as CSU outshot the Saints 26-9 in the game.

CSU is the three-time defending tournament champion and are attempting to become the first PBC women's soccer team to ever win four straight titles.  CSU will be making their 11th overall championship game appearance.