Laker women drop heartbreaker, fall 3-2 in double overtime to #11 Columbus State
Columbus, GA – The Clayton State women's soccer team lost a heartbreaker Sunday against one the nation's top teams, falling 3-2 in double-overtime to 11th ranked Columbus State.
Columbus State's Ashley Miller scored the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining in the second overtime.
"We are devastated to lose in OT today," said head coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "We were awful in the first 45 and were lucky to be only down 1-0 at the half. The girls showed great character to come back from being down 2-0 and we looked like we may sneak a winner in OT. Credit to Columbus, they are a top notch program."
With the loss, the Lakers fall to 7-5-2 and 3-3-2 in Peach Belt Conference play, while Columbus State improves to 13-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Clayton State will return to Peach Belt action on Wednesday, traveling to face Georgia Southwestern.
In Sunday's match, Clayton State forward Natalia Valentine knotted the score at 2-2 with her team-leading 10th goal of the season, setting up the opportunity for the Lakers to pull off the upset in overtime. Midfielder Alicia Robinson setup the game-tying goal with a pass and was credited with the assist.
Robinson also got the team on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute, blasting a shot off a free kick from 35 yards out that found the back of net.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead early in the match as Stephanie Lowery took a long pass scored a goal in the third minute of the match. Shea Wilby gave the Cougars a 2-0 in the second half, scoring a goal from inside the box with 22 minutes remaining in regulation.