Overtime Winner Clinches Regional Title for Lady Cougars

Overtime Winner Clinches Regional Title for Lady Cougars

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Olivia Jarrell headed home the game-winning goal to lift the third-ranked Columbus State University women's soccer team to a 3-2 overtime victory over Lincoln Memorial in the Southeast Region final. The match was played at Lee University.
 
Columbus State (18-0-2) is the Southeast Region champion for the fourth time in the last five seasons and sixth time in program history. The Lady Cougars will now take on the winner of Lee and Mississippi College in the national quarterfinals on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
 
"This was a lot of fun to be a part of," head coach Jay Entlich said. "Lincoln Memorial is a really well-coached team and was a terrific opponent. We schedule really tough opponents so that we are prepared for moments like this and I thought our girls stepped up in the big moments."
 
The first 30 minutes belonged to the Lady Cougars on Friday night. CSU controlled the possession and took the first seven shots of the match, but it remained scoreless until the 27th minute.
 
Riley Clark took a pass in the center of the box, drawing defenders to her before slipping a pass out left for Kimmy May. The sophomore then snuck the ball past the keeper for the opening goal of the match.
 
The lead would last for only five minutes, as Lincoln Memorial (14-5-2) equalized in the 32nd minute and the match went to halftime even at one.
 
It was much of the same in the second half, with the Lady Cougars taking seven shots over the first 15 minutes, but none finding the back of the net.
 
May struck again in the 61st minute to push CSU back in front. Jarrell rolled a perfect through ball down the center into May, and the midfielder beat the keeper to the left for her first multi-goal match of the season.
 
As was the case in half one, LMU answered right back. The Railsplitters tied the match up at two apiece in the 69th minute off a rebound off the left post.
 
Neither side could find the net over the final 20 minutes, sending the match into overtime. LMU had the first great chance in the extra period, taking a shot from just outside the top of the box, but Bria Riancho leapt and deflected it over the crossbar.
 
Columbus State finally found the net again with 49 seconds remaining in the first overtime. Flo Spanosent a cross in from the right side that was deflected by the LMU defense. Jarrell was waiting at the near post and headed it home to send CSU into the national quarterfinals.
 
CSU outshot Lincoln Memorial 22-9 for the match.