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Women's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 11, 2017

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. – This evening at Pulliam Stadium the Cavaliers' women's soccer team fell to the Columbia College Koalas, 4-2. 

Columbia (6-5-2, 6-1) jumped out to an early lead on a goal from Amber Tanner at 21:41. Five minutes later, Alanna Castaneda (JR/Dallas, TX)'s well-directed header tied the score at 1-1. The goal came off a perfectly struck ball by Kirby Hill (JR/Knoxville, TN) on a set piece.

The two teams headed into halftime tied at 1-1. 

The Cavaliers scored a minute into the second half on a goal from Tori Klose (JR/Keokuk, IA) off a long centering pass from Becca Sharpe (SR/Burlington, NC) on the right wing. Klose redirected it and Montreat took the lead 2-1. "It came right to my chest so I just guided it in. I kicked it in, but it was already in the goal," said Klose after the game. 

The lead was not long lasting. The Koalas followed with a goal less than three minutes later, again from Tanner. That started a run of three goals that concluded with goals by Heather Blaszak and another by Tanner to complete a hat-trick on the night.

"They did really well putting runners down the flank," said center back Madelyn Hambrick (SO/Dobson, NC) after the game. "I think the defenders did well in staying organized. Even when we did lose our shape, we were pretty quick to get it back with communication and tracking our runners."

"Both teams had opportunities," added Klose. "They just finished more." 

The Cavaliers played hard and through an injury bug that sidelined leading scorer Hannah Leonard (FR/Troutville, VA) for the game, saw starting goalie Jordan DeVaan (SR/Asheville, NC) (SR/Asheville, NC) depart early and held Klose to limited playing time. Backup goalie Alexia Heck (FR/Roanoke, VA) (FR/Roanoke, VA) was also recovering from injury and came through well for the home team with 16 saves.

Head coach Courtney Nash conceded that mental lapses hurt the team at times defensively but overall was pleased with the effort, especially in light of injuries. "We played well. We scored two goals and we had other chances. Had we had Hannah and Tori full-time and Jordan - and Alex played so well, she hasn't stepped in goal in 2-3 weeks because of an elbow injury." 

The Cavs will be three days healthier and ready on Saturday to bounce back against Bryan.

Next up: The Cavaliers face the Bryan College Lions (8-4, 6-2)  at Pulliam Stadium at 1 p.m. 

Pictured: Kirby Hill takes a corner kick in game action against CIU.

Photo: Montreat Cavaliers

 
 
 
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