YOUNTS STADIUM, SC - The Columbia College Soccer Team opened up AAC play with a hard fought 2-1 defeat against defending AAC Tournament Champion Tennessee Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at Younts Stadium.
After starting slowly throughout the first few games of the season, the Koalas finally got off to a flier when they opened the scoring just a minute into the game. Junior Courtney Carrier received the ball and held it up well before releasing it to fellow Junior Ruby Hallam down the left side. The winger cut inside and fired into the far corner for her first goal of the season to make it 1-0.
TWU would respond in the 15th minute with a goal on a breakaway, and the rest of the half would be a back and forth battle with Columbia Senior goalkeeper Katherine Yahnke making two critical saves to keep the score knotted at one.
In the second half, TWU struck again through a break down the left side of the field, making it 2-1 to the Bulldogs with just under 30 minutes remaining. The Koalas applied plenty of pressure for the rest of the match, with Hallam, Carrier, and Senior Amber Tanner all going close, but the #25 ranked Bulldogs were able to hold on and finish out the match for the 2-1 victory.
The Koalas return to AAC action on Wednesday, September 20th, when they visit newcomer Brenau University for a 5:30 kickoff.
photo credits: Karen Sandoval