Columbia Cougars Soccer Defeats Harris-Stowe
ST. LOUIS - The Columbia Cougar soccer team wrapped up the 2011 regular season with a win Tuesday, downing Harris-Stowe State University 3-0. The win moves the Cougars, who are ranked No. 20 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll released Tuesday, to 15-2-1 on the season.
Columbia's Dylan Barduzzi broke the tie in the 50th minute, scoring off assists from Andres Acosta and Trey Bristow. Columbia scored its second goal in the 74th minute. Nikola Velickovic's header found the back of the net off a corner kick from Barduzzi to give the Cougars a 2-0 advantage. Junior midfielder Yudai Yamaguchi knocked in Columbia's final goal, coming in the 77th minute. His first goal was assisted by Dan Rapp and Majd Haidar. Harris-Stowe managed just one shot in the contest.
Matt McKenna got the win in goal for Columbia. With the shutout, McKenna has logged over 11 shutouts this season, making him the single season record holder for Columbia. He was also named the American Midwest Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week this week for the sixth time in 2011.
The Cougars finish the conference season with a 6-1 record and will be the No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament that starts this Saturday, Nov. 5th. Columbia will receive a bye in the first round and play the winner of No. 3 Park University and No. 6 Missouri Baptist University in the semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 8th. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in Columbia, Mo.