COLUMBUS, Ga. – Stephanie Lowery scored two first half goals during No. 11 Columbus State’s 2-1 non-conference victory against No. 14 North Alabama on Friday at the Walden Soccer Complex.
CSU improves to 12-1 on the season while the Lions fall to 8-3-1. It was the third ranked opponent they have defeated this season and hold a 3-1 mark against teams inside the top 25.
The Lady Cougars came out of the gates as Chelsea Person received a ball from Kansas Bayly and ripped a shot just inside the box that clanked off the crossbar just 2:28 into the contest.
Another ball came minutes later as Ashley Miller found Stephanie Lowery who was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. She kicked it in the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season.
There were a couple more chances for CSU early on as Person was denied on a save by the UNA goalkeeper and Bayly also hit the crossbar in the 24th minute.
Lowery put the Lady Cougars in front 2-0 in at the 30:02 mark as she received another ball, this time from Kelsey Pelletier It was her seventh career multi-goal effort.
Lowery is now eighth and ninth in PBC history in career points (97) and goals scored (40), respectively. She is also one game-winning goal away from being tied for the the most in program history (18).
Columbus State kept on pressing throughout the contest as Nikki Turnbull hit the post in the 38th minute and Shelby Rolling had a header in the 56th minute.
Lowery tried to become the first Lady Cougar since October 15, 2010 to score a hat trick as a save by Morgan Grace denied her the opportunity. Stephanie Parrish was the last CSU player to register a hat trick as she did so against Barry in a 4-3 overtime victory. She also became CSU’s all-time leading scorer in the match.
CSU committed a foul in in the 64th minute, cutting the lead in half to 2-1.
UNA continued to press forward and nearly got the equalizer four minutes later as Roberts drilled a shot from 25 yards out that hit the crossbar.
That was the last scoring threat for the visitors as the Lady Cougar backline clamped down to secure the victory.
Mary Mancin took up the win for Columbus State, picking up three saves while Morgan Grace had solid game for North Alabama, making seven saves.