Koalas drop AAC opener against Skyhawks

The Columbia College soccer team dropped their AAC opener at home on Saturday to the visiting Point University Skyhawks 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Younts Soccer Stadium.

The Skyhawks were a tough matchup for the Koalas out of the gate, and put pressure on the home team without creating too many clear cut chances over the first half an hour. In the 30th minute, the Koalas had a quality chance when Ruby Hallam had a shot from the edge of the box, but the Skyhawks keeper, Rachel Ash, made a good save to keep it 0-0.

The pressure told in the 41st minute of the first half as a through ball found a streaking Point forward and despite having her first effort saved by goalkeeper Jennifer Angeles, she managed to finish the chance at the second attempt to make it 1-0 at the break.

Columbia came out extremely strong in the second half and had a number of chances to score early in the half including a close miss from Charlotte Daniels and a good opportunity for Hallam which was again saved by Ash.

Point made it 2-0 with twenty minutes left on a through ball down the left side, before adding another to make it 3-0 with twelve minutes left in the half.

Coach Hunter said, "The combination of an extremely hot day with us only having 3 subs and playing against a well organized Point squad that has played double the number of games that we have already this season meant we were a little susceptible to their quality.  Coach Douglas does a good job with the group he has, and our lack of depth told in the end. With a few of our players back, I truly think the game would have been a much closer affair, and we are looking forward to welcoming them back into the fray soon."

The Koalas travel to Bluefield College in Virginia on Monday looking to even their AAC record to 1-1 as they take on the Rams at 4PM.