November 16, 2008
Women's Soccer Falls To #3 Columbus State In Region Semifinal
COLUMBUS, GA -- Top-seeded Columbus State got a pair of first-half goals and defeated Catawba 2-0 in the semifinals of the 2008 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Southeast Regional Tournament at the Walden Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon. The Lady Cougars, ranked third in NCAA II, improve to 20-3-1 and advance to face Carson-Newman in the regional final next week. The Catawba Indians end their season at 16-5-2.
Gina Goforth got CSU on the board first in the game's fifth minute. The junior forward broke away and ran down a long pass from Kim Gaughan in the box and beat Indians keeper Lindsay Webster (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) one-on-one for her 18th goal of the season. The goal came at the 4:35 mark in the contest.
The Lady Cougars got an insurance score in the 30th minute. Rachel Walthall took a pass from Melinda Bush and fired a shot that caromed off Webster and back to Walthall, who knocked it in for the goal. That score came at the 29:30 mark and gave CSU the 2-0 lead.
CSU dominated play for much of the second half, out-shooting the visitors 12-2. Catawba had one goal disallowed on an offsides call midway through the period that would have tightened the margin to one. Neither of the other two shots they took in the half were on goal.
In all, CSU had 23 shots on the day, and despite the two scores, Webster was stellar between the posts for the Lady Indians as she collected 11 saves. Her counterpart, CSU's Monica Sanchez, collected two saves, both of which came in the first half as Catawba was limited to eight shots. CSU held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
"It has been a great season," said Catawba Coach John Cullen. "We ran into a very strong Columbus State team and wish them well moving on. It was a great experience for our young team and hopefully the hunger will be there to come back next year. I feel like we have accomplilshed so much this year and I think the future looks bright. I want to thank our seniors for being first class on and off the field."
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