PBC Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal Recaps

PBC Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal Recaps

#6 Clayton State Advances to PBC Semis in PK Shootout

PEMBROKE, NC – Clayton State goalkeeper Valentina Bonaiuto made a diving save in the third penalty kick round as the sixth-seeded Laker fought #3 UNC Pembroke to a 1-1 draw, but advanced in the tournament with a 4-1 edge in the shootout.  The Lakers will return to the PBC semifinals and Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., for the first time since 2014 and face second-seeded North Georgia on Friday.

UNC Pembroke (14-4-1) was first on the scoreboard just before halftime.  Paula Valbuena lofted a shot from beyond 20 yards out that just sailed under the crossbar and past a diving Bonaiuto for a 1-0 Braves lead.

UNCP would hold that lead until the 53:18 mark of the second half when a defensive miscue left Clayton State's Manoly Baquerizo alone with the ball in front of the net.  She was able to dart it in before UNCP keeper Gina Ryan could intercede and tied the game at one.

The Lakers held a 12-9 shot advantage in the contest, but neither team had a good look at the goal in either overtime period.  Clayton State took only one shot in the extra frames while UNCP did not have any.   The game ended in what will go down as a tie in the records for both teams, but led to the shootout for tournament advancement.

Clayton State's Janne Brouer made the first Laker PK attempt and was answered by UNCP's Valbuena.  Jane McKevitt made the second for Clayton State, but the second attempt from UNCP was missed wide left.

The Lakers made it 3-1 as Marie Devillers connected.  UNCP's next shot was saved by Bonaiuto and the Lakers put it away as Ann-Cathrin Zabel's goal started a midfield celebration.

Bonaiuto finished the game with three saves while UNCP's Gina Ryan had four. 

Clayton State will meet #18 North Georgia in the PBC semifinals on Friday at 2:00 pm.  #4 Columbus State and #1 Flagler will play in the other semifinal starting at 11:00 am.  Friday's winners will meet on Sunday at 12 noon in the championship match.   All tournament matches will be played at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.

Habeeb and the No. 3 Saints advance with 2-0 win

By John Jordan

ST. AUGUSTINE – Annie Habeeb scored both goals as No. 3 (United Soccer Coaches D2 Top 25) Flagler College defeated Lander University 2-0 in a Peach Belt Conference Women's Soccer Tournament quarterfinal match at Saints Field on Tuesday night.

Flagler(17-0-1), the top seed in the tournament, advances to the semifinal round where it will meet the No. 4 seed Columbus State University on Friday at 11 a.m. at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia. Lander's season ends with a 6-9-2 record.

Habeeb got the Saints on the board quickly as she headed in a pass from Josefine Nilsen, the PBC Player of the Week, in the 6th minute.

She then scored the insurance goal in the 76th minute as Charlene Nowotny and Sara Sandberg combined on the assist to Habeeb as they found her in front of the goal mouth for the tap in.

Sarah-Lisa Dubel turned in her seventh clean sheet of the season and had a tranquil evening in goal as she did not face a shot on frame. Sarah Owen collected eight saves for the Bearcats.

Flagler out-shot Lander 16-4 and had a 10-0 difference in shots on goal. The Saints had six corner kicks while the Bearcats had one.
NOTES: Flagler broke its single-season record for wins with 17 (won 16 in 2017)…Flagler advances to the conference tournament final four for just the second time (last in 2017)…Habeeb has scored four of her 13 goals this season against Lander…She scored two goals in a 3-2 overtime win vs. Lander on Nov. 2.

No. 18 UNG Women's Soccer Advances to Semis With 3-0 Win Over Young Harris

By Walker McCrary

DAHLONEGA - A fifth-minute goal by Katey Derkay was all that was needed, but the No. 18 University of North Georgia women's soccer team found the net twice more as they advanced to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals by downing Young Harris, 3-0, Tuesday night at the UNG Soccer Complex.

Derkay fired two shots in a matter of seconds to score the first goal of the night, the first of which was saved off the line by the YHC defense after the keeper was beaten by Maysoon El-Shami. The Nighthawks were held scoreless until the 81st minute when Taylor Malasek put home her 15th goal of the year just nine minutes before El-Shami scored in the waning seconds of the match.

NOTES
- Friday will be the eighth time that UNG has appeared in the semifinal round of the PBC Tournament and the fourth in the last five years.

- North Georgia has now had 12 shutouts on the year.

- The Nighthawks are 8-0-1 at home this year.

- Other PBC quarterfinal action saw sixth-seeded Clayton State advance on penalties over third-seeded UNC Pembroke; fourth-seeded Columbus State defeated Georgia College, 1-0; and top-seeded Flagler beat Lander, 2-0.

NEXT UP
The Nighthawks will take on Clayton State at 2 p.m. at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia, Friday afternoon.

May's PK Sends Lady Cougars to PBC Tournament Semifinals

By Josh Fuller

COLUMBUS - Kimmy May calmly nailed a penalty kick in the 69th minute to give fourth-seeded Columbus State a 1-0 victory over fifth-seeded Georgia College in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday. The match took place at the Walden Soccer Complex in Columbus.

With the victory, Columbus State will take on top-seeded and third-ranked Flagler in the PBC Tournament Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 14 in Evans, Ga. Kickoff time is set for 11 a.m. at Blanchard Woods Park.

CSU (13-6-0) dominated the opening 45 minutes of play outshooting the Bobcats 12-0, but couldn't find the back of the net. In the final minute of the first half, the Lady Cougars would earn their first penalty kick of the match. However, GC goalkeeper Kate Richardson was up for the challenge denying Riley Clark of the go-ahead goal.

With the cold and windy conditions worsening throughout the game, the Lady Cougars had a tougher time moving the ball up the field in the second half.

Following a Georgia College shot in the 68th minute, CSU went for the counter-attack. With the ball at the far end of the box, May drew a foul and then was tabbed as the shooter. Stepping to the line, the junior gave Richardson no chance at the save putting the Lady Cougars in front.

Georgia College (6-10-2) didn't go down easy though. Over the final 15-plus minutes, the Bobcats had three good opportunities for the equalizer. Bria Riancho had to make a save in the 82nd minute while GC's final chance came in the 89th minute as Cassie Balzano sent a shot just over the crossbar.

In the match, CSU outshot the Bobcats 16-5 and held an 8-1 corner kick advantage.

"Once you get to this point of the season, every match is a grind," commented head coach Jay Entlich. "Give our girls credit tonight, we played well over the 90 minutes in very tough conditions."

"Friday is a short turnaround, but this is what you prepare for all year long."

Match Notes
With the win, Columbus State advances to the PBC Tournament Semifinals for the 10th consecutive season.
The Lady Cougars also extended their winning streak to nine matches.
CSU improves to 32-6-2 all-time in PBC Tournament play. In Columbus, the Lady Cougars are now 18-2-1 and have won 10 straight.
It was the first time since Sept. 21 that Riley Clark failed to record a point for CSU. Her 11-match point streak was the longest in program history.
Junior Bria Riancho posted her third straight shutout with Columbus State picking up its sixth in its previous seven matches.
Riancho now has 18 career shutouts which are the third most in CSU history.
Columbus State hasn't allowed a goal in 361 minutes of match time.