Oct. 2, 2010

Courtesy of Columbus St. Athletics

COLUMBUS -
No. 2 Columbus State played a tightly contested match with No. 15 Florida Southern Friday night that ended in a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes of action. CSU runs its record to 7-0-1 while the Mocs now stand at 5-2-2.

The pace of the game was very slow at the onset of the contest with not many opportunities created by either side. Stephanie Parrish had the only real threat about midway through the first half. She received a pass at the top of the box and blasted one that went just wide of the net.

Both teams came out firing in the second half trying to knock in the go-ahead goal. CSU had the first flurry of shots 10 minutes into the half. Parrish had another shot that seemed to be going in, but just slipped past the post 7:39 into half. Two minutes later, Stephanie Lowery, the team's leading goal scorer, had a header stopped by Martina Tangen. Kate Walton finished off the string of shots ripping a rocket just outside the 18-yard box that was blocked by a Florida Southern defender.

FSC had its best opportunity at the 75:03 mark. The Moc's leading scorer Princess Haley laid a ball off to a streaking Jessica Giblen who took the shot in the box, but her shot went wide.

Minutes later Lowery took a pass from the right flank in the middle of the field, took a few dribbles to her left and hit an off-balance shot that knocked the crossbar. Kim Gaughan's attacking play from the right back position nearly paid off with just under five minutes to play. She served a cross into the box that found K.C. MacEachern. The senior was unable to square it up cleanly as it hit off her leg, but a diving save by Tangen kept the slate clear.

The only threat in extra time came from Florida Southern in the first period. FSC caught Columbus State on a counter-attack leaving Emily Griffith open for a shot, but the attempt went wide.

For the contest, CSU outshot Florida Southern 15-10 in shots and a decisive 10-4 edge in corner kicks. The Lady Cougars Willi Babillis stopped both shots she faced in her 65 minutes of play, picking up the tie going to 1-0-1. Mary Mancin started the contest for CSU denying the lone Florida Southern shot on goal in the first half. Tangen played the full match for the Mocs, making five saves along the way.

CSU returns to the pitch Sunday afternoon when it takes on Florida Tech, who dropped a tough 1-0 loss to North Georgia in the first contest of the Peach Belt Conference/Sunshine State Conference Invitational. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m at the Walden Soccer Complex.