Koalas propelled by Hallam's hat-trick to 5-3 in AAC with 6-0 win over Rams

The Columbia College Koalas collected their third win of the week to move to 11-5 and 5-3 in the AAC with a 6-0 conference win at the Bluefield College Rams.

Despite constant pressure by the Koalas throughout the first half, it took until the 36th minute for Columbia to open the scoring barrage.

Sophomore Ruby Hallam beat her man down the right hand side and drew the keeper across before squaring it to Freshman Courtney Carrier for a tap in to make it 1-0.

Three minutes later it was 2-0, as Junior Amber Tanner returned to the scoring ledger with a breakaway finish off of a through ball from Carrier.

Columbia made it 3-0 with just over three minutes remaining, as Hallam scored her first goal of the game off an assist from Senior Ashley Tanner.

The Koalas started the second half as dramatically as they ended the first, with Ashley Tanner scoring after just 42 seconds after a through ball from Carrier.

Hallam then profited from a defensive mistake in the 50th minute, opportunistically picking off a Rams backpass before slotting the ball past Bluefield keeper Amanda Brown.

The sophomore completed the first hat-trick of her career in the 73rd minute, taking a through ball from Amber Tanner and beating Brown with a classy piece of skill before slotting the ball into the empty net.

Juniors Katherine Yahnke and Morgan McCray split the work in goal, collecting two and three saves respectively in the combined shutout.

Columbia plays again in AAC action on Wednesday when they host St. Andrews University.