Congrats to Ian McTurk and Vadim Cojocov! The Columbia Cougars advance to the elite 8 in the NAIA.
Cougar Soccer Advances to Elite Eight for First Time in History
Box Score Delray Beach, Fla. – The Columbia College men's soccer team made history this evening by being the first ever Cougar soccer squad to advance to the elite eight in the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship. No. 14 seeded Columbia defeated No.3 seed Baker University (Kan.) by a score of 2-0 in the second round of the 2015 National Championship Tournament at Hiltopper Stadium to advance. The victory improves Columbia's record to 19-3. The loss ends Baker's season at 18-4-1. The Cougars fell one game short of advancing to the elite eight in both 2009 and 2012.
In the 17th minute of play, Zachary Felz put the Cougars on the board as he created space and lifted the ball just over Wildcat keeper Ryan Emme's gloves to find the net. The half was partially dominated by the Cougars, but the Wildcats tested the Columbia defense towards the end, as they posted four shots while holding the Cougars to zero in the last 20 minutes.
The score would remain 1-0 headed into the halftime break with Baker holding a slight edge in shots with seven while Columbia tallied six, putting three on the net. Felz had three shots in the half and Iain McTurk saved the lone shot-on-goal by the Wildcats. Continue reading...