Columbia College Men's Soccer Outlasts Spartans
COLUMBIA -- The Columbia College men's soccer team pulled out a big victory Tuesday at R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium, defeating American Midwest Conference foe Missouri Baptist University 2-1. With the win the Cougars improve to 7-0-2 on the season and 2-0-0 in AMC play. The Spartans drop to 1-7-0 overall and 0-1-0 versus conference opponents.
Junior midfielder Antonio Ayres gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute when he found the back of the net off an assist from Rafael Ramos.
The Spartans stayed quiet for the first half and midway through the second until Missouri Baptist's leading scorer Danny Traylor made his way past the Cougar defense and was able to put the ball past Matt McKenna in the 71st minute.
Just when the game looked like the contest would head to overtime, Andres Acosta took a corner kick for Columbia in the 87th minute. Acosta placed his kick in perfect position in front of the goal and junior Jovan Ilic connected for the game winner with the diving head ball to give the Cougars a 2-1 victory.
McKenna scored his fifth win of the season in goal. Columbia had 13 shots compared to the Spartans' six.
In the latest NAIA Top 25 poll, the Cougar men's soccer team moved up one spot from No. 9 to No. 8. Columbia accumulated 401 points in the poll and are one of seven teams in the top 25 that remain unbeaten.
The top seven teams remained the same as a week ago with Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in the top spot, claiming all 19 first place votes. Rio Grande (Ohio), Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Belhaven (Miss.) and Science & Arts (Okla.) round out the top five teams. Fellow AMC opponent Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University also moved up this week, from No. 21 to No. 19.
Columbia continues AMC play this weekend when they head to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to face the Eagles of Williams Baptist College. Game time is set for 3 p.m. on Friday, September 28th.