KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The fifth-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team saw its season come to a close on Thursday night with a 3-0 loss against second-ranked Grand Valley State in the national semifinals. The match was played at the Swope Soccer Park.
Columbus State wraps up the 2016 season with a 21-3-0 record as the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament champions, along with the Southeast Region championship and a second straight national semifinal appearance.
“We had our chances and played really well in the first half,” head coach Jay Entlich said. “In the end, Grand Valley was extremely efficient, and we weren’t at our best in front of the net.
“We have had another terrific season, but we ultimately came up short of our goal. We will use this as a learning experience and move forward into next year.”
Columbus State was very strong in the first half, controlling the majority of possession over the first 35 minutes.
Grand Valley State (23-1-1) got a pair of corner kicks in the opening 90 seconds, but it was all Lady Cougars after that.
Mandy Janowitz took a trio of shots through the first 15 minutes, but all three were blocked by the Laker defense. Taylor Marks had an early chance as well that slid out wide right.
Hugrun Elvarsdottir forced the first GVSU save of the night in the 19th minute as CSU continued its charge. Olivia Jarrell had an attempt blocked three minutes later and Nicole Corcione headed one just high off a corner kick.
In total, Columbus State outshot the Lakers 10-4 in the first half, and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
However, Grand Valley State still held a 1-0 lead at the break after a goal in the 38th minute. The Lakers cleaned up a rebound in front of the net and held the advantage at the break.
GVSU added on early in the second half, getting a goal in the 53rd minute to stretch the lead out to 2-0.
Columbus State continued to charge at the net, but was unable to get one across the goalline. Elvarsdottir and Wade each hit the crossbar during the second half, while the Lakers made four saves.
Grand Valley State tacked on an insurance goal in the 82nd minute to put the match away.
CSU outshot the Lakers 19-14 for the match and held a 14-6 corner kick advantage.
Senior goalkeeper Maylyn Parsons was huge in net for the Lady Cougars, making six saves, including several diving stops in the second half.COURTESY CSU SPORTS INFORMATION