By James Vallone
ROME – Columbus State was named the new No. 4 team in the country a few hours before kick-off, and they came to Ben Brady Field and showed why, handing the Lady Hawks a home loss, 5-1.
The game started fast, with CSU scoring at just over 2 minutes into the game, and had aggressive play all night long. The Cougars tallied 27 shots in the contest, yielding four goals and helped by a defensive deflection that was scored as an own goal.
Shorter was able to tally 10 shots for the game, with Aline Bez Tamiosso getting half of those and also scoring the lone goal in the 89th minute with a shot that went high over the keeper and stayed under the crossbar.
Sophomore Katie Stachula started the game in goal, earning her first playing time for the season. She faced 18 shots, and made 13 saves for the game.
The pre-game festivities paid tribute to September 11, with a presentation of colors form the Rome Fire Department and a moment of silence in remembrance of the acts from 11 years ago.
The women's soccer team is on the road for the next three games, returning to Ben Brady on September 22 in a game versus Union at 5 pm.