Cougar Men Advance to AMC Championship with Win Over Lyon
COLUMBIA -- The Cougar men's soccer team, ranked No. 7 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll released today, defeated visiting Lyon College, 2-0 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Postseason Tournament. Columbia improves to 14-0-5 on the year with the win and advances to the AMC Championship Game, where they will face top seed Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University.
Sophomore Marko Paunovic got the Cougars on the board in the first half with a goal at the 17-minute mark. Adam McChesney assisted on the score. Paunovic's team-leading 12th goal would mark the lone tally of the opening period as Columbia took the 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
Much like the first half, both teams played physical and sound defense to open up the second period. Paunovic would slip behind the Lyon defense and add an insurance goal in the 58th minute off an assist from Nikola Velickovic. The Cougars would hold-on down the stretch to complete the 2-0 shutout.
Junior Matt McKenna started and earned the win in goal for Columbia, posting four saves on the night. The Scots totaled 10 shots (four on-goal) for the game, compared to 15 shots for the Cougars (three on-goal).
The Cougars will travel to Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University on Friday, November 9th for the tournament championship game. Columbia scored a 1-0 victory in the teams' first meeting on October 3rd. With a win, the Cougars will earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships.