Gainesville, GA - Bouyed by a brace from Senior forward Amber Tanner and stellar defensive play, the Columbia College Koalas evened their AAC record at 1-1 with a 2-0 road victory against the Brenau University Golden Knights on Wednesday evening.
Columbia headed into their first road conference matchup of the season off the back of a tight decision against TWU looking to gain some momentum going into the rest of conference play. The match was a slow starter for both sides with each team feeling the other out, as the Golden Tigers had a couple of dangerous corners before Tanner went close on two chances in the latter stages of the first half.
The second half would be a different story, however, as the Koalas opened the scoring after just five minutes in the second half. Senior defender Hannah Fox did well to build out of the back with fellow Senior Alexis Cesario, and Fox found Tanner with a through ball down the right side. Tanner cut back across her defender and fired the ball low into the net at the near post, giving the Koalas the 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later Tanner would double both the Koalas lead and her individual goal tally for the game. Having switched wings, she received the ball from Junior forward Courtney Carrier, curling a shot from the middle of the 18-yard box to the top left corner, as the shot bounced in off the post. It was Tanner's 35th career goal, and gave the Koalas a 2-0 margin.
The rest of the match was dominated by the Koalas defense, who limited the Tigers to just 9 shots in the entire game. The trio of Fox, Freshman Bailey Lewter, and Senior Caitlin McDonald, combined with Senior goalkeeper Morgan McCray and Sophomore Jaquana Poole, picked up the Koalas first shutout of the season.
The Koalas return to action on Saturday at 2:00pm EST when they host the Bryan Lions in another AAC matchup at Younts Soccer Stadium.