This story was written by LaMarcus Wilkerson.
The Lady Blazers soccer team got pounced on by the Cougars on Friday.
No. 4 Columbus State (10-0-1) beat VSU (4-5-1) 2-0 to extend its winning streak to seven games.
In the first half, CSU’s Nicole Corcione maneuvered through the Blazers’ defense and volleyed a headshot past senior goal keeper, Olivia Mills.
“I think that first goal was definitely my ball to come out,” said Mills. “I’ve made those saves plenty times before.”
In order to prevent future goal occurrences, Mills believes she must become more responsive.
“I need to make sure I’m focus,” Mills said. “That’s just a small adjustment I need to make.”
Mills saved six shots in the first half.
During the first half, the Lady Cougars possessed the ball more often than the Blazers.
According to VSU first year head coach, Rebecca Nolin, the Blazers were making costly mistakes.
“We weren’t holding the ball up well enough in the first half,” said Nolin. “We were giving it away and causing turnovers and they were able to play direct style soccer that was putting our defense under a lot of pressure.”
Nolin was not pleased with her team’s performance in the first half.
“I was a little bit disappointed with the first half,” Nolin said. “We were second to everything and we allowed them to play their game.”
In the second half, the Blazers had a stronger performance.
“We frustrated them a lot more and we created more chances in the second half,” said Nolin. “I’m proud of their second half performance. It was a better fight.”
Despite the Blazers’ performance in the second half, the Lady Cougars scored off a penalty kick from Mandy Janowitz to put the game out of reach.
CSU outshot VSU 15-6 in the game.
“We’re always good at learning from our mistakes,” said Mills. “Every time we make a mistake it never happens again.”