PBC Women’s Soccer Quarterfinals Produce Shootouts, Upsets

PBC Women’s Soccer Quarterfinals Produce Shootouts, Upsets

Bobcat Soccer Passes Lander in PBC Quarterfinal on Penalty Kicks

By Al Weston

GREENWOOD, S.C. – In a defensive thriller from start to finish, the No. 7-seed Georgia College Soccer team (10-5-4) upset No. 2-seed Lander University (12-2-2), the Bobcats taking the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Quarterfinal in penalty kicks.

In the kicks, Lander started first, and Juliette Vidal made good on her attempt. Bobcat senior Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) made good on her attempt to even things up. Lander's Victoria Lange hit on the second attempt for Lander, but freshman Madi Diaz Granados (Apopka, Florida) evened things out once again, firing a shot into the upper left corner.

Bobcat keeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia) made a stop on attempt three for the Bearcats, but Lander's Hannah Cowan stopped her first one to keep things even. Lander's Kelcie Fisher connected with the crossbar on her attempt, leaving an opening for the Bobcats. Freshman Lydia Atkinson (Monroe, Georgia) went to the right side and off the diving hand of Cowan to get Georgia College in front. With everything on the line, Graham dove to the left and made one final stop to send the Bobcats to the PBC Semifinals.

The Bobcats out-shot Lander 11-4 in the first half, but Lander started to even things out in the second with a 7-4 advantage. The two overtime periods were also empty for the squads, as Lander held the advantage in extra-period shots 5-3.

The win advances Georgia College to the semifinals, where they will take on No. 6-seed Young Harris College. The Mountain Lions won their own series of penalty kicks to upset No. 3-seed Flagler College tonight. The Bobcats' semifinal matchup takes place at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.

Young Harris advances to PBC semifinals as they edge Flagler 3-2 in PKs

By Michael MacEachern

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. | Young Harris College advanced in the Peach Belt Conference Women's Soccer Tournament for the first time in program history as the Mountain Lions edged Flagler College 3-2 in penalty kicks after the teams battled through regulation and 20 minutes of overtime tied at 1 in a quarterfinal match Tuesday (Oct. 30) evening at Saints Field.

The Mountain Lions, who are seeded sixth in the eight-team field, improved to 6-8-1, while the No. 3-seeded Saints fell to 11-3-2. Young Harris will advance to Friday's (Nov. 8) 8 p.m. semifinal match where they will face No. 7 seed Georgia College at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia. Georgia College advanced  after edging No. 2 seed Lander 3-2 in PKs after battling to a scoreless draw. YHC defeated the Bobcats 2-1 earlier this season.

Lady Cougars Advance to PBC Semifinals

By Stephen Williams

COLUMBUS - The third-ranked and top-seeded Columbus State University women's soccer team started its quest for a Peach Belt Conference Tournament title with a 4-0 victory over eighth-seeded Clayton State on Tuesday evening. The quarterfinal match was played at the Walden Soccer Complex.

Columbus State (15-0-1) moves into the semifinal round, where it will take on fourth-seeded UNC Pembroke on Friday at 5 p.m. at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.

"It's always good to get the first postseason game under your belt," head coach Jay Entlich said. "Clayton State made it very difficult for us to score and I was proud of the way we were able to break them down and get the ball into the net."

Much like the first meeting between the two teams, Tuesday's match got started with very few shots. CSU's first shot of the match came in the 16th minute and both sides had just one shot apiece through the first 23 minutes.

That changed in the 24th minute, as Madeline Goodfellow played a long through ball down the left side for Olivia Jarrell. The senior took it from there, dribbling at the keeper and poking it in far post. The goal was her team-leading 16th of the year.

The match remained at 1-0 until early in the second half, when Columbus State delivered the knockout punch.

In the 58th minute, Flo Spano sent a cross into the box that was punched away by the keeper. However, Amanda Murphy one-timed home the loose ball from the top of the box to double the advantage.

Just 54 seconds later, the Lady Cougars were back on the scoreboard. Jarrell dribbled in from the left side and slotted a cross into the center of the box for Riley Clark to slide into the net. Clark's 13th of the season stretched the margin to three with 30 minutes remaining.

CSU dominated possession the rest of the way, killing off the final 30 minutes until a final minute ball fell to the feet of Abby Marmito, allowing the sophomore to score her first goal in a Lady Cougar uniform to cap off the night.

Bria Riancho tallied her sixth shutout of the season, keeping Clayton State (6-6-4) out of the scoring column. The sophomore has allowed just one goal in her last 657 minutes in net.

UNCP Soccer Downs Visiting North Georgia In PBC Quarterfinal Round

By Todd Anderson

PEMBROKE – Stacey Scott headed home a corner kick from Christine Rolfes just seven minutes into the second half and the fourth-seeded UNC Pembroke soccer team got the bulk of play the rest of the way out on the way to a 1-0 victory over fifth-seeded North Georgia in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Tuesday.

The win helped the Braves (10-4-1) push their unbeaten streak out to seven games, while also giving the Black & Gold its 15th-straight home win as well. The setback likely puts the lid on the 2018 campaign for the Nighthawks (10-5-1) who won just one of their last six outings (1-4-1).
 
UNCP advances to Friday's PBC Tournament quarterfinal round where they will face the winner of Tuesday evening's game between top-seeded and third-ranked Columbus State and eighth-seeded Clayton State.

SCORING SUMMARY

52' A corner kick by Christine Rolfes was served perfectly to center of the penalty area where Stacey Scott waited all alone to redirect the ball inside the near post. UNCP 1, UNG 0 

TOP BRAVES

+ Senior Stacey Scott logged a game-best eight shots, including four on goal, while also netting her 10th goal of the campaign.
+ Senior Christine Rolfes tallied her seventh assist of the season and has now scored at least one point in the last three games for the Black & Gold.
+ Junior Gina Ryan collected a season-best 11 saves and moved into a tie for second place on the Peach Belt Conference's all-time shutouts list with her 26th career clean sheet (8th of season).
+ UNC Pembroke did not make a substitution in the opening half, and nine athletes played all 90 minutes in the outing.

NOTABLES

+ The Braves have won three-straight games in the series with North Georgia, all by 1-0 scores. The Nighthawks are now 0-6-2 all-time in Pembroke.
+ UNCP has now won 15-straight home games dating back to a 2-0 win over Lenoir-Rhyne on Oct. 14, 2017. The Braves have not lost a game in Pembroke since Sept. 3, 2017 (18-game unbeaten streak).
+ The Black & Gold will now make its third-straight trip to the PBC Tournament semifinal round in Evans, Ga. UNCP has faced North Georgia in the semifinals on each of its previous two trips to Evans, Ga.

UP NEXT

The Braves will take on top-seeded and third-ranked Columbus State (15-0-1) on Friday in the semifinal round of the 2018 Peach Belt Conference Tournament. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. at the Walden Soccer Complex in Evans, Ga.

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