The Columbia College soccer team picked up their first win of the season to even their early season record at 1-1 with a win on the road at Piedmont International University in Advance, NC on Wednesday evening.
After a tough opening day loss to the Dalton State Roadrunners, the Koalas came out of the blocks flying with two goals in the first twelve minutes against the Bruins. Senior Ruby Hallam scored the first goal of the day when she collected a goal kick from the Bruins and dribbled in before poking it past the onrushing keeper to make it 1-0. Sophomore Brianna Sandoval then notched her first career goal off an assist from Hallam, as good build up play meant Sandoval was clean through and she rifled it past the keeper to push the lead to 2-0.
It was a night of many firsts for the Koalas, and freshman Lanie Treadwell scored her first ever goal in only her second appearance when she followed up a shot by Sarah DiPiazza and finished into an empty net to give the Koalas a 3-0 halftime lead.
After a fantastic save early in the second half from freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Angeles, the Koalas made it 4-0 when Hallam was played through by sophomore Aleah Colbert, and she squeezed the ball in at the near post to up the lead to four. DiPiazza then scored her first career goal when she beat the keeper to a cross from Hallam and headed the ball into the net to make it 5-0.
The Bruins got their just reward for their hard work about halfway through the second half when they scored on a penalty that Angeles almost saved, and she came up big again minutes later on a breakaway when she slid out to make a phenomenal stop.
Hallam then completed her hat-trick with ten minutes remaining, running onto a through ball from junior Charlotte Daniels and again finishing deftly, to make it 6-1 to the Koalas.
Sandoval added her second of the game in the last few minutes, receiving a pass from freshman Zyanna Giles and blasting a ball into the top corner from twenty yards out to complete the scoring at 7-1 to the Koalas.
Stellar play in the back from AJ Gilmore, Megan Probert, Zyanna Giles, and Jaena Dominguez, as well as goalkeeper Jennifer Angeles, kept the Bruins to only five shots and two on target, while dynamic attacking play and genuine desire meant the Koalas notched their first win of the season in style.
The Koalas return to action on Saturday, September 8th when they open up their AAC conference slate with a home match against Point University at 1PM at Younts Stadium.