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Women’s Soccer Wins Season Opener Over Jamestown

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Columbia, Mo. – The No. 12-ranked Columbia College women’s soccer team opened the 2023 season with a 2-0 win over University of Jamestown (N.D.) Friday at R. Marvin Owens Field in Columbia.

Columbia improved to 1-0 with the win, while Jamestown fell to 0-1-1. The Cougars extended its unbeaten streak at home to 12 games dating back to the 2022 season.

Riley Porter scored the game-winner in the 49th minute in her first game as a Cougar. Porter played her first two seasons at Johnson County Community College.

Columbia outshot Jamestown 31-2, including a 20-2 mark in shots on goal. The Cougars also had a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Columbia dominated play from the opening whistle, recording the first five shots of the contest. It was Jamestown who nearly broke through in the 10th minute after a cross into the box was corralled by goalkeeper Natalie Allison following a small collision.

The Cougars outshot Jamestown 13-2 in the first half, putting three shots on goal.

Columbia registered back-to-back corner kicks early in the second half, and on the second one Porter capitalized on a loose ball in the box and buried a shot into the back of the net. 

Grace Winegar had a golden opportunity in the 78th minute inside the six but rolled a shot just wide. The Cougars got the insurance goal in the 86th minute after Juana Wulff headed home a corner kick from Emilia Zolesio Fernandez Blanco to make it 2-0. The goal for Wulff was the fifth of her career.

Columbia outshot Jamestown 17-1 in the second half.

Allison picked up the shutout in goal making one save in her first game as a Cougar. Jamestown keeper Tea Pence recorded 18 saves in the defeat.

The Cougars play their first road game of the season on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at No. 13 Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

NOTES: Columbia has won four all-time meetings between the two teams … Jamestown received 88 votes in the NAIA Top-25 preseason poll, and was just two spots outside the Top-25 … Macie Lucas led the Cougars with six shots … The two teams combined for just one foul … The game was moved up to 11 a.m. from the original start time of 4 p.m. due to heat.

This article is provided by Columbia Cougar Athletics