Looking to end its home schedule on a high note, the Columbus Eagles welcomed the Ann Arbor Lumberjills to Otterbein Memorial Stadium on a warm and muggy Sunday afternoon. Forward Madison Costner and her teammates aimed to put on a quality performance in front of the home fans.
A brace from Costner and a goal from captain Ashley Gogolin gave the Eagles the 3-0 win over the Lumberjills.
Columbus dominated possession early in the match. The Eagles worked the ball around the pitch probing the Ann Arbor defense looking for the best area to attack.
Gogolin broke the deadlock in the 28th minute with a strike from the top of the 18-yard box. The goal was made possible by the hustle of Adison Preston. The outside back made a devastating attacking run down the fair sideline, attracting the attention of the Lumberjill defense. Preston laid the ball off to forward Amberly Knox at the top of the penalty box and her presence drew the attention of three defenders, allowing Ashley Gogolin to sneak into the final third unnoticed. The captain hammered home her shot from distance to give her team a 1-0 lead.
In the 34th minute, the Eagles hoped to double the lead after being awarded a penalty kick. Forward Amberly Knox was fouled in the penalty box after a great attacking run. Madison Costner stepped up to take the sport kick. She drove her shot to the left but the goalkeeper made a needed save to keep Ann Arbor in the game. Moments later Costner got revenge.
With two minutes to go in the first half, defender Kate Prewitt won the ball back at midfield. She found Costner streaking down the right-hand side of the pitch. With defenders closing down around her, the forward hit a low line drive past the keeper and to her right to double the lead.
Costner continued to harass the Ann Arbor defense in the second half, breaking through again in the 50th minute. The forward danced around five defenders, taking her shot and tucking it into the side netting to give her team a 3-0 lead.
With a busy game schedule on the horizon, Columbus rotated much of their squad in the final moments of the match and claimed the 3-0 victory over Ann Arbor.
It doesn’t get much better that this for the Eagles and head coach Matt Ogden. Columbus’ 3-2-3 record isn’t indicative of the team’s performance so far this year. The Eagles are a talented group and Sunday’s outing showed that. They are unfortunately gelling too late in the season to mount a postseason run.
Attack, Attack, Attack
Madison Costner has been a God-send for the Eagles this season. Whether in the air or on the ground, her blend of physicality and finesse makes for some fun soccer. Costner’s many talents blend perfectly with what head coach Matt Ogden is trying to accomplish tactically.
The 2019 home schedule is complete for the Eagles. The ladies in black and gold will log some serious miles on Interstate-71 this week. Columbus heads to Cleveland for a clash with the Ambassadors on Tuesday and finish the season with a clash against at Cincinnati on Saturday evening.