Late Goal Propels Women's Soccer to Championship
COLUMBIA -- The Columbia College women's soccer team kept their season alive tonight, winning in exciting fashion over American Midwest Conference (AMC) foe Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University 1-0 in the AMC Postseason Tournament Semifinals. The win moves the Cougars, who are the No. 2 seed, to 10-9 on the season and ends the season for the Trojans, seeded third, at 8-9-2.
With the rain drizzling down on a very soaked field, the Cougars and Trojans struggled to get any offense going early in the game, logging just two shots-on-goal combined in the first 45 minutes of action.
The second half saw both teams become more aggressive towards the ball but the soft ground did not allow many breakaways or hard shots. Finally it was junior Stephanie Hale that was able to give the Cougars life. In the 84th minute, just when the game looked to be heading into overtime, Hale was able to control the ball to find the back of the net after the Trojans could not clear the ball from in front of the goal. The score was Hale's ninth of the season.
The Cougars held off the visitors for the remaining time and secure the victory. Sophomore Erica Ramirez took the win in goal for Columbia with four saves.
The win means the Cougars will travel to Parkville, Mo. on Thursday, November 8th for the AMC Championship match. Columbia will face top-seeded Park University in a 1 p.m. game for a chance to earn a bid to the NAIA National Championships. In their previous meeting the Park Pirates defeated the Cougars 2-0.