CSU women’s soccer team earns NCAA DII Final Four ticket

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) — The weather outside may be getting cooler, but that’s not stopping the Columbus State women’s soccer team from warming up their competition.

CSU faced the University of West Florida Argonauts in the quarterfinals of the 2022 NCAA DII Women’s Soccer Championship on Sunday afternoon.

The Cougars would strike first behind midfielder Anna Grady’s assist to forward Lauren Barnes.

Barnes took on his opponent in an iso-play. She then sent a cross shot through the net, putting CSU up early, 1-0.

Things would even out when West Florida scored a penalty, Blair Cowan hit on the spot kick, which would put the Argonauts on the board 1-1.

The next goal for either team wouldn’t come until the 2nd half, with the Argonauts scoring on a Brianna Pope cross shot, putting the UWF ahead 2-1.

A few stints later, the Argonauts struck shortly after Mya Swinton headed it into the back of the net, they then took a 3-1 lead.

When it looked like the Cougars’ backs were against the wall, CSU got to work, Lauren Barnes chopping and dicing, eventually sending the assist to Rachael Sweigard, making it 3-2.

Later in the period, Barnes causing something to happen again, an ISO situation, his hot foot wouldn’t stop sending a dagger into the net and it would all be tied, with CSU firing on all cylinders

The cougars would seek to put the game away. This would require collective efforts at all levels, Sage Smith passes it on to Carley Canzoneri.

Canzoneri sends him to Sweigard, who powers up the pitch before pushing him to Anna Grady.

Grady sends it to Sarah Hungerford, she wouldn’t be denied, takes a shot, and it would only be clean, CSU took a 4-3 lead.

The cougars keep winning it.

The Cougars reach their third NCAA semifinal in program history.

CSU will travel to Seattle for the NCAA Championship Final Four.

This match was to take place on December 1 in the semi-finals.

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