Koalas finish third in AAC with tie on road against Bulldogs

Peyton Lee has helped anchor a strong Koalas back line throughout the AAC schedule
Peyton Lee has helped anchor a strong Koalas back line throughout the AAC schedule

The Columbia College soccer team ended their regular season in third place in the AAC after a spirited 1-1 tie on the road at the Union College Lady Bulldogs.

The Koalas dominated the first half in terms of chances but fell behind in the 17th minute as a loose ball was sent back into the box and finished by Bulldogs midfielder Tuany Miguel to make it 1-0.

Sophomore Ruby Hallam hit the post and junior Amber Tanner had two chances well saved by Bulldogs goalkeeper Kendall Ellington, and the Koalas entered the half with a one goal deficit.

The score did not remain that way for long, however, as Hallam continued her hot scoring run with a goal of individual brilliance. Courtney Carrier's knock on found Hallam who dribbled down the left side before cutting across her defender and beating Ellington low to her left, making it 1-1 with 40 minutes of regulation remaining.

There were chances at both ends throughout the rest of the game, with both Ellington and Koalas Junior goalkeeper Katherine Yahnke kept busy.

The game ended in a 1-1 tie and went to overtime, where the Bulldogs hit the post and the Koalas defended well to keep the score knotted at one a piece.

Yahnke finished the game with 10 saves while Ellington had 6 in goal for the Bulldogs.

With the result, Columbia finishes third in the conference and will await the winner of the 6v11 matchup between Union and Bluefield to determine their opponent for a game under the lights next Saturday evening at home.

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