NCAA Women's Soccer: Lady Cougars Roll Into Regional Final

NCAA Women's Soccer: Lady Cougars Roll Into Regional Final

COLUMBUS - The third-ranked and top-seeded Columbus State University women's soccer team kicked off the NCAA Tournament with a bang, defeating fourth-seeded Flagler 4-0 in the second round on Sunday. The match was played at the Walden Soccer Complex.

Columbus State (17-0-2) now advances to the Southeast Region final, where it will meet the winner of Carson-Newman and Lincoln Memorial. The match will be played on Friday with the opponent, time and location still to be determined.

"I'm super proud of our team today," head coach Jay Entlich said. "We put another zero on the board and we were efficient on the offensive end, scoring four times on 12 shots."

Columbus State had to weather an early storm, as Flagler (12-4-2) had the first three shots of the match.

The first shot from the Lady Cougars came in the 24th minute, as Rachael Sweigard launched a ball off the crossbar that fell to the feet of Kimmy May. The sophomore took a touch and then deposited the shot into the top corner to start the scoring.

May's goal held up for the duration of the first half, sending the game to the break at 1-0.

The Lady Cougars had a great opportunity to double the advantage early in the second half, but Amanda Murphy's shot from in tight was deflected away. Flagler then had chances to equalize, getting six shots in a five-minute span, but Bria Riancho held strong in goal.

The separation finally came in the 56th minute with Olivia Jarrell drawing a foul in the box. Murphy then stepped up and converted the penalty kick to up the lead to two.

Just over one minute later, Murphy struck again. A defensive clearance by the Saints ended up with the junior at the top of the box and Murphy tucked away the shot into the left side of the net.

The Lady Cougars tacked on a final insurance goal in the 76th minute, as Riley Clark put one off the inside of the left post off a pass from Flo Spano.

Riancho tallied her fourth consecutive shutout in the victory, giving her nine on the season. The sophomore has allowed just one goal in her last 937 minutes.