Tampa, FL. – Playing in its third game of the week and fourth straight road contest, the No. 12 Columbus State women's soccer team scored with 16:17 remaining in the match to post a 1-0 victory against the University of Tampa.
Coming back into the game minutes before, Ashton Ziadie knocked in the only goal of the contest off a corner kick. Kelsey Bass took the kick finding Kansas Bayly, who flicked it on to Ziadie for her second goal of the season. The freshman scored her first collegiate goal earlier in the week against Georgia Southwestern. Bass and Bayly were credited with assists on the play.
As they have done all season, the CSU defense was stout again slowing down the Spartans offense to 14 shots. Tampa is the first team to outshoot Columbus State in a game this year, holding a slight 14-13 edge while the Lady Cougars took six more corner kicks, 10-4.
Columbus State improves to 12-1-1 on the year while Tampa drops to 9-5. Freshman Willi Babillis played the entire contest for the visitors, picking up seven saves in her first collegiate shutout. Babillis ups her record to 4-0-1. Leah Cesanek made four saves in the match while giving up the one goal.
The shutout was the 10th of the season marking the sixth straight season the team has posted double-digit shutout totals on a year. The team record is 16 set in 2007 and 2008.
CSU returns to the pitch in a pivotal Peach Belt Conference matchup Wednesday against North Georgia. The Lady Saints are currently ranked second in the NCAA Southeast Region poll but dropped a 2-1 decision to Armstrong Atlantic Saturday. They will enter the contest with a 12-2 record and 6-1 mark in the PBC. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m.