YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The sixth-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team made it five consecutive victories with a 1-0 win at Young Harris on Wednesday night. The Peach Belt Conference match was played at the YHC Soccer and Lacrosse Field.
Wednesday’s match was the fourth shutout in a row for the Lady Cougars, who stretched their scoreless streak to 393 minutes.
“Young Harris played us very tough tonight,” head coach Jay Entlich said. “They made things very difficult for us, but give the girls credit for a tough conference road win.”
Despite just one goal scored on the night, Columbus State (10-2-0, 6-1-0 PBC) came out of the gates firing.
The Lady Cougars had the ball in the offensive third just seconds into the match and Mandy Janowitz rifled CSU’s first shot of the night at the net less than one minute in.
CSU had six looks at the goal in the first 11 minutes of the match, but YHC goalkeeper Nicole Medeiros was up to the task. The Columbus State barrage kept coming at the Mountain Lions over the next 15 minutes with three more saves for Medeiros, who made eight in the first half.
In total, the Lady Cougars outshot the Mountain Lions 12-1 over the first 45 minutes, but the match went to halftime scoreless.
After the break, Young Harris (4-2-3, 3-2-1) had its best chance of the night as a crossing pass left the Mountain Lions with a point blank look at the net. However, the shot ricocheted off the crossbar.
Columbus State finally broke through in the 54th minute as Janowitz delivered a pass down the right side to Olivia Jarrell. Jarrell got behind her defender and was left one-on-one with the keeper. The sophomore tucked the ball neatly in the right side for her team-leading seventh goal of the season and the eventual game-winner.
The Lady Cougars nearly had another goal four minutes later as Nicole Corcione charged in from the right side. The senior’s shot would clang off the cross bar though, keeping it just a one-goal match.
With just over 16 minutes to play, a Columbus State foul set up the Mountain Lions with a free kick. The YHC kick bounced off the crossbar once again to keep it at 1-0.
Columbus State held off the Mountain Lions the rest of the way to preserve the road victory.
Maylyn Parsons went the distance in net for the Lady Cougars, earning her first shutout of the season and the 23rd of her career. The senior is just two away from matching CSU’s career record.
Columbus State returns home on Saturday for a conference match against Francis Marion. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Walden Soccer Complex.COURTESY CSU SPORTS INFORMATION