|Columbia (S.C.) ( 2-4-2)||1||1||1||3|
|1||26:06||Johanna Rappe (Bryan College)|
|1||37:24||Makena Giles (Bryan College)|
|1||42:21||Jaena Dominguez (Columbia (S.C.))|
|2||84:47||Alexis Cesario (Columbia (S.C.))|
|OT||93:51||Amber Tanner (Columbia (S.C.))|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||Columbia (S.C.)|
|2 Players (#6,#12) - 1||Goals||3 Players - 1|
|#12 Makena Giles - 1||Assists||#9 Courtney Carrier - 2|
|#12 Makena Giles - 4||Shots||#12 Amber Tanner - 6|
|#00 Morgana Hardt da Silva - 4||Saves||#1 Morgan McCray - 3|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||Columbia (S.C.)|
|14 (6)||Shots (on goal)||11 (7)|
Columbia, S.C. – The Bryan College Women's Soccer team outplayed the Koalas of Columbia College in the first half of Saturday's Appalachian Athletic Conference meeting for a 2-1 advantage at the break and continued to dominate the home team in the latter half until the Koalas caught a break in the final minutes for the equalizing goal, forcing an overtime period to decide the game. Less than two minutes into overtime, the Lions saw an opportunity and took a shot but traveled wide. Possession stayed with Bryan but Columbia managed to complete one successful counter before scoring the golden goal and escaping with the 3-2 win, moving to 2-4-2 overall and 2-1 in AAC play while dropping the Lion's overall record to 4-3 and conference record to 2-1.
The quality performance by Bryan began to pay off for the Lions when their patience gave way to the first goal of the game. Makena Giles (FR/Athens, Tenn.) tallied her third assist of the year when she found Johanna Rappe (FR/Nordhausen, Germany) who netted her second career goal, putting Bryan on top 1-0 at the 26-minute mark. The Lions continued to apply pressure as Ana Ramirez (JR/Garland, Texas) went on the attack and released a strike that traveled wide with under nine minutes left before halftime. Columbia struggled to fend off Bryan as Giles went unassisted at 37:24 and capitalized, providing the Lions with a multi-goal lead. It looked like the Lions would control a 2-0 lead at the half, but the Koalas were able to charge ahead with 2:39 left and used physical play to avoid a blanking after one period as they found the back of the net, closing the gap to 2-1.
In a second half where Bryan overwhelmed Columbia in shots 6-3 and controlled the pitch for the majority of the frame, it would all come down to a last-minute effort by the Koalas to keep the purple team alive. With five minutes on the clock, Columbia came away with a stop and countered, pushing the ball down the field. The Koalas' Alexis Cesario broke free and delivered a shot that found the net, leveling the score 2-2. At 3:01, Ruth Rosales (SR/El Salto, Mexico) looked to seal the game for the Lions but Columbia's goalkeeper, Morgan McCray corralled one of her three saves in the contest.
As the first overtime period unfolded, only two shots would be taken as Rappe's attempt went wide at 8:27 and Columbia's Amber Tanner would register the dagger four minutes into OT, helping the Koalas narrowly edge out Bryan with a 3-2 final.
Morgana Hardt da Silva (SR/Porto Alegre, Brazil) secured four saves for the Lions, while Giles led in shots with four and two falling on target. Yarahi Hernandez (JR/Garland, Texas), Rosales, and Rappe each had two shots and one on goal, respectively.
Bryan will try to keep fellow AAC school Union College (Ky.) without a win as they host the Bulldogs on Tuesday, Sept. 26 with kickoff slated for 4:30pm.
To view the full 2017 women's soccer schedule, click here.