WINTER PARK, Fla. — The Columbus State women’s soccer team suffered only one loss this season. Unfortunately, it came Sunday in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals, 2-1 at Rollins.
The fourth-ranked Lady Cougars, which had won 18 straight, finish the season 21-1-1. Rollins, which advanced to the final four for the first time, are 19-2.
Rollins’ Brenna McKee scored on a header in the 73rd minute. McKee took a corner kick from Paxton Sickler and headed the ball past Maylyn Parsons to give the Tars the 2-1 lead.
Rollins tied the match in the 33rd minute. The Tars got a free kick after a CSU foul. The ball was deflected, and Emma Jones took the rebound and scored to tie the match at 1-1.
That goal ended a run of 330 straight minutes that CSU had not allowed a goal.
The Lady Cougars scored the match’s first in the 19th minute.
Kelsey Pelletier took the ball down the right side and passed into the center of the box, where Nicole Corcione took control and scored in the right side past Rollins goalie Mary Spring.
Rollins finished with 14 shots, seven on goal. CSU had seven shots, four on goal.
The match was just the third of the season in which CSU gave up two goals. CSU won both of those.
CSU, which has made the NCAA tournament nine straight seasons, is now 0-3 in quarterfinal matches. The Lady Cougars lost in 2008 to West Florida 1-0. In 2007, they lost in penalty kicks to Tampa.
CSU’S HISTORY IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
2014;Lost in quarterfinals 2-1 to Rollins
2013;Lost in second round to Wingate in penalty kicks
2012;Lost in third round to Armstrong State in penalty kicks
2011;Lost in second round to Lenoir-Rhyne
2010;Lost in second round 1-0 to Lenoir-Rhyne
2009;Lost in third round 3-2 to Carson-Newman
2008;Lost in quarterfinals 1-0 to West Florida
2007;Lost in quarterfinals to Tampa in penalty kicks
2006;Lost in first round 2-1 to Carson-Newman