Lady Cougars Fall in National Quarterfinals

Lady Cougars Fall in National Quarterfinals

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - The postseason run came to an end Sunday for the third-ranked Columbus State University women's soccer team, as the Lady Cougars dropped a 1-0 match at Lee in the national quarterfinals.

Columbus State ends the 2018 season with an 18-1-2 overall record after sweeping the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles and winning their fourth Southeast Region championship in five years.

"The difference today was efficiency," head coach Jay Entlich said. "Lee finished one of the better chances it got and we were unable to finish ours. Give them a lot of credit because they stuck to their gameplan and were able to keep us out of the net."

As has been the case for the entire season, Columbus State controlled possession for the majority of the match.

Over the first 45 minutes, the Lady Cougars took eight corners and had four shots, while Lee had just one shot that made it through to Bria Riancho in goal.

The second half saw much of the same. Riley Clark got a look less than two minutes into the half that missed just wide of the mark and Amanda Murphy lifted one over the crossbar five minutes later.

Lee (17-6-1) finally broke through in the 63rd minute, heading home a cross from the right side to take the first lead.

From that point on, it became an onslaught of chances for the Lady Cougars. CSU was awarded a penalty kick in the 68th minute after a handball in the box, however the Lee keeper made the save and kept the match at 1-0.

Brooke Nail had a header in the 70th minute that required a diving save, while Tehgan Anguilm bounced a shot off the left post four minutes later. Nail then hit the crossbar with a header in the 76th minute as CSU kept pounding away.

Ultimately, it was to no avail for the Lady Cougars, as Lee finished off the shutout and ended Columbus State's season. CSU outshot the Flames 16-11 on the day and had 17 corner kicks to just two for Lee.