Cougars’ Mirts nets hat trick in shutout win
Kelsey Mirts had a hat trick, Molly Klein had her second straight two-goal game, and the Columbia College women’s soccer team earned an easy 6-0 victory over Central Baptist on Tuesday.
The Cougars scored early and often, with the first tally coming from Mirts in the fifth minute. Her second goal came 12 minutes later, and she capped off the first half hat-trick in just the 25th minute.
“(She was) in the right spot doing what she did all last year,” coach John Klein said. “Her work rate is so good so (we’re) happy to get her on the board and reward her with a hat-trick.”
Although Mirts’ production fell off, the Cougars’ onslaught continued. Molly Klein’s first goal of the game came less than five minutes later and Columbia College went to the locker room with a 4-0 halftime lead.
The big lead provided an opportunity for more players to get into the game and Megan Floyd took advantage. The Rock Bridge graduate knocked in her first collegiate goal in the 75th minute.
“That’s awesome for Megan,” Klein said. “She sprinted to get to that spot, she just missed one earlier, (she) got to the same spot and played it wide so I thought her work was really good on the right side.”
For one final punch, Molly Klein’s second goal of the game came on a hook shot in the 83rd minute.
“We wanted to play a little bit prettier soccer than we did against Missouri Valley. We got the win, we just hadn’t been connecting a lot of passes,” Klein said.
Kate Marshall started the game in goal and had one save. Katie Hudson was in goal for the second half.
The Cougars dominated every aspect of the game. They outshot Central Baptist 33-1 and had a 20-1 advantage in corner kicks. Central Baptist committed six fouls while Columbia College had none.
The Cougars move to 3-2 on the season and will play their next four on the road. Their next match starts at noon Friday at Williams Baptist.
Columbia College men blank Central Baptist
In the second game of the day, the Cougar men earned a 2-0 victory in a rematch of last year’s AMC championship game.
The Cougars set the pace early with a rocket off Joe Spotanski’s foot that went off the crossbar in the first minute. Both teams forced pressure before a shot by Ximo Gill in the 33rd minute went off the fingers of Central Baptist goalie Andrew Montoya to give Columbia College a 1-0 lead.
Gill nearly got his second goal of the game in the 63rd minute on a shot that went just wide of the left post. Minutes later, Parker Moon made it up for him with his third goal of the season. It gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead.
Columbia College maintained control, but was on the wrong side of a scuffle with just under five minutes to go. Central Baptist’s Nyasha Dube grabbed Adam Du Toit around the neck and it resulted in red cards for both men.
As a result, Du Toit will not be available to play in the Cougars’ next game.
“It’s unnecessary, we need to walk away from that situation,” Klein said. “Just be the better team and win the game.”
The Cougars played terrific defense, not allowing Central Baptist to have a single shot attempt. They also had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Ryan Harrisskitt was in goal.
“We’d given up three goals, then we’d given up two goals, we gave up one to Wayland, and our target tonight was to get our first shutout and we did that,” Klein said.
The Columbia College men’s soccer team now sits at 2-2. Their next game is Friday at Williams Baptist following the conclusion of the women’s game.
Volleyball sweeps College of the Ozarks
Columbia College volleyball won via sweep for the eighth time this season over College of the Ozarks in a match played at Stephens College.
The third-ranked Cougars opened with a 3-0 lead before the Bobcats adjusted. The two teams were tied after four and eight points each. While holding a 13-11 lead, Columbia College went on a 7-0 run to put things away and eventually won the set 25-13.
The second set was an easy win for the Cougars. They opened with a 9-1 lead and saw leads of 13-4, 17-6, and 22-10. The set ended at 25-16.
The tone of the third set was much like the second set. Columbia College gained a 6-1 lead and eventually made it 11-3. It wasn’t until the Cougars were up 24-16 when the Bobcats finally got something going. They scored five straight points before Columbia College got the final point to take the set and the match.
Kiersten Anderson led the team in kills with 11, Thais Andrade led with 15 digs, and Manuela Vargas had a team-high 33 assists and 10 digs.
The Cougars move to 10-1 and return to action Friday at 7 p.m. against Williams Baptist.
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