Columbus State vs. Wingate University Women’s Soccer

Second Game for Wingate Women’s Soccer

Callum Ross, Staff Writer

 

The Columbus State Cougars edged the Wingate University Bulldogs 2-1 in the final game of the CSU Collegiate Invitational Sunday evening. Columbus State, the second ranked team in the country improves to 2-0-0, meanwhile the Bulldogs fall to 0-1-1.

All is not doom and gloom for the Bulldogs after giving a very good account of themselves, and they were especially sharp out the blocks with two shots on goal in the opening five minutes. Sophomores Gabby Caliendo and Kimmi Moore were on target for the Bulldogs, however the tide turned midway through the first half with junior goalkeeper Alexis Jones being tested three times before the half-hour mark.

Shortly after, the Cougars got on the board when first team All-American Nicole Corcione scored from a through ball from Hugrun Elvarsdottir. Wingate pushed at the Cougars having taken 7 shots in the opening half but the 1-0 lead remained going into the interval.

The tie remained a close encounter and Wingate leveled up proceedings 18 minutes into the second half when Moore got on the end of senior forward Brooke Howell’s cross, finding the corner of the net and tying the game up 1-1.

The Bulldogs suffered a lack of concentration and took a real motivational blow by conceding less then two minutes later when Riley Clark netted the Cougars second of the evening regaining the lead 2-1 heading into the final twenty minutes.

The Bulldogs struggled to find an answer to a very strong Columbus State side and the game finished 2-1 with the Cougars outshooting the Bulldogs 23-14, and shots on target 13-6. Jones piled up a career-high 11 saves for Wingate meanwhile Moore had three shots, all of which tested the keeper.

“This was a good test for us and I feel it has shown us the little things we need to work on very soon into the season, which will help us for later on in the big games. We are going to focus on playing with just as much intensity and continue to work on the small things we need to fix,” said Sophomore Kimmi Moore.

The Bulldogs are back in action Wednesday evening, hosting Pheiffer at 6p.m. where they will look to bounce back from this defeat and get the first win of the 2016 campaign.

Find out more information about Wingate Women’s Soccer: www.wingatebulldogs.com

Edited by: Sara Gunter

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