No. 24 Armstrong Atlantic holds off No. 4 Columbus St. for 1-0 upset
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Junior Andye Dawson tallied the lone goal of the match in the 19th minute and the No. 24-ranked Armstrong Atlantic defense made the one goal stand in the Pirates' 1-0 victory against No. 4 Columbus State in both team's Peach Belt conference opener on Saturday.
The Pirates (3-1-1) won their fourth consecutive match against the Cougars (5-1), while extending their home unbeaten streak to 33 and their scoreless minute streak to 432 minutes and 22 seconds by notching their fourth consecutive shutout.
Senior Nadima Skeff created Dawson's scoring chance by taking the ball to the end line and dribbling through a pair of Columbus State defenders, then slotting a ball across the goal face to the feet of Dawson, who one-touched the pass into the net for her second goal of the season.
Armstrong Atlantic looked to take a two-goal lead in the 28th minute when senior Morgan Mitchell's header off of a corner kick from Emily Cattanach went in, but a foul in the box against the Pirates negated the tally.
The Pirates took the 1-0 lead into halftime as Armstrong Atlantic held the Cougars to just two shots, while recording five.
In the second half, the Pirates looked to take a two-goal lead when Mitchell put in a rebound off a long-range shot by Dawson, but Mitchell was offsides.
The Cougars put on the pressure in the second half, twice hitting the crossbar on long-range efforts by Kansas Bayly in the 78th minute and by Casey Davis in the 83rd minute.
Columbus' best chance to equalize came on a sequence in the final minute of play. A corner kick taken by the Cougars resulted in a driving header by Bayly that was turned away by Armstrong Atlantic keeper Maggie Carson. Columbus State's Stephanie Lowery ran down the ball on the left side and followed with a rising shot that hit the crossbar, bouncing off to the right. The Pirates were able to settle the long ball and run out the clock, clinching the victory.
"I thought we played well defensively," Armstrong Atlantic head coach Eric Faulconer said. "I felt like we created a couple of goal chances against a very good Columbus State team and our defense allowed us to hang on for the one-goal win. As it's happened in years past, we will most likely see them again later this season and it will be another tough match when it happens."
Carson made four saves in net - three in the second half - to preserve the victory and pick up her second shutout of the year. Mary Mancin for Columbus State made three saves in net, giving up just the one goal.
Shots ended up even at 10 for the match between the two teams. Columbus State had a slim 3-2 edge in corner kicks and Armstrong Atlantic was whistled for 13 fouls, compared to five for the Cougars. The Pirates were offsides four times in the half while Columbus State was offsides once.