Laurinburg, NC—The St. Andrews University women's soccer team erupted for 3 goals to top Columbia College 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at Knights Field.
Sophomore Rebecca Harper's game-winning header off an assist from freshman Amanda Priest in the 85th minute lifted the Lady Knights to the big victory over one of the better teams in the conference. Columbia came in averaging over 3.6 goals per game and led the conference in goals scored with 58 and was number 7 in the NAIA in total goals. However, the Koalas could not penetrate SAU's quality defense to overcome the Knights' offensive explosion.
St. Andrews had been held scoreless in 4 of their last 5 games until ending that streak today with 3 impressive goals.
Columbia got on the board first with an unassisted goal by Ashley Tanner in the 5th minute of play. SAU would answer back, though, as a pass from sophomore Miranda Kearney set up senior Katie Jaskulski for her first goal of the season in the 23rd minute. The Knights would tally on one more before the half just 6 minutes later as Jaskulski set up Kearney this time for a beautiful goal into the back of the net to give SAU the edge at half.
Columbia would not bow down and came out with a goal almost immediately to start the 2nd half as Tanner scored her second of the game in the 47th minute. After multiple missed chances by both teams for most of the rest of the half, SAU finally broke through for the winning goal as Harper's beautiful header (her first this season) was enough to give the Knights the win and end their eight-game losing streak.
Kearney's goal was her first of the season and her 3 point total today gives her 5 points on the season, good for second on the team behind Hayley Peck's six. Kearney also was second today in shots with 5 while Harper led with 7 as SAU outshot Columbia 21-15 with goalkeeper Brittany Roberts making 6 saves.
St. Andrews improves to 5-10 overall and 3-5 in the AAC with the win while Columbia falls to 12-5 and 5-4.
St. Andrews will next hit the road to face Union College (KY) (4-10, 3-5) in their final conference road game on Saturday at 12 p.m.