Armstrong Soccer squeezes by Columbus State

Armstrong Soccer squeezes by Columbus State (Image 1)

 From Armstrong Sports Information:

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Chelsea Person’s header in the 102nd minute propelled the No. 5-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer squad to a 3-2 double overtime win over host Armstrong State University on Saturday afternoon at the Armstrong Soccer Field.

The Cougars (4-0-1, 1-0 PBC) edged the Pirates (3-2, 0-1 PBC) in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams. Armstrong will return to action on Wednesday, September 24th, hosting Florida Tech in a 3:30 p.m. non-conference contest at the Armstrong Soccer Field.

In a match featuring two of the tougher defensive teams in the Peach Belt, a flurry of goals highlighted the first 20 minutes of action. Armstrong got on the board first in the fourth minute as freshman Amanda Green‘s pass was slotted near side by freshman Jenny Allen for a quick 1-0 lead. It was Allen’s fourth goal of the season just five matches in.

Allen then delivered an assist on the next Pirate goal as freshmanRandi Schroedel‘s shot from outside the box beat Columbus State keeper Maylyn Parson high and staked Armstrong to a 2-0 lead just 14 minutes into the match.

Columbus State answered quickly just a minute later. Cassandra Wade beat Armstrong keeperMorgan Luckie high on a shot from the right side in the 15th minute to draw the Cougars back to within one, then a failed clearance in the 19th minute found the feet of Person, whose shot from the right side went in the far post side netting to draw the match level at 2-2.

Both teams had chances to win the match in regulation as Parsons made a diving save on a rocket of a shot by Allen in the 55th minute. Columbus State’s Nicole Corcione had a shot saved by Luckie in the 84th minute.

The Cougars almost won it in the first overtime period as Luckie turned away a shot by Stephanie Kolwicz in the final minute, but just 63 seconds into the second overtime, a corner kick by Ashley Miller was headed in by Person into the far post for the win.

“We got off to a great start and unfortunately, for some reason, we could not maintain the intensity,” Armstrong head coach Eric Faulconer said. “Credit to Columbus State as the game wore on, they outworked us, which is disappointing. I continue to be encouraged by the play of our freshmen, I felt they all had good games. However at some point the mentality of our team needs to change and we need to learn what it takes to win at this level. The talent is definitely there.”

Armstrong led in shots midway through the second half, 15-8, but Columbus State had 15 of the last 18 shots taken by either team to eventually have a 23-18 edge in shots for the match. Luckie made a career-high 10 saves in net for the Pirates, while Parsons made three saves in net for the Cougars. Columbus State had six corner kicks, compared to two for the Pirates, and Armstrong was whistled for 18 fouls, compared to eight for the Cougars.

The Pirates honored the members of their 10th Anniversary Team in a pre-match ceremony.View the team here.

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