Just as it seemed Columbia College was headed toward a second overtime game in a row, Dylan Barduzzi scored his ninth goal of the season with less than nine minutes left in the match to give the Cougars a 1-0 win over Missouri Baptist University. This conference win brings the Cougars to 6-6-1 overall, and 4-2-1 in conference.
Columbia College coach John Klein said he was happy with the win, but that his team needs to work on its attack.
"At halftime I told them that they need to go at the goal and shoot at the goal," Klein said.
The Cougars tallied 15 shots with three shots on-goal against the Spartans' 10 shots who also had three on-goal.
Columbia's Milos Milosavljevic fell to his knees after he missed the team's first true opportunity of the game during the 23rd minute. He could not find the net as the ball was crossed directly in front of him and the goal.
"The attack just has to get hungrier and more excited," Klein said. "They've just got to be a little more determined."
Within the last six minutes of the first half, it seemed as though the Cougars were going to give up a goal. They allowed the Spartans two free kicks and Missouri Baptist shot four of their 10 shots in those last few minutes.
In the second half, players from each team were thrown out. The teams were playing one man down for the greater part of the second half.
The first red card was given out to Missouri Baptist after one of its players intentionally kicked Columbia College's Jordan Cox in the shin. Lloyd Jacobs of the Cougars was given a red card after being wrestled to the floor with an opponent.
"He certainly didn't throw a punch. He certainly didn't throw an elbow," Klein said. "He took an elbow and got wrestled to the ground. I guess we got the red card because the other team was given a red card."
Klein was given a yellow card immediately after for arguing with the referee.
"When both teams were down a man, it looked like they were going to settle and let them get back. Overall, I certainly thought we were the better team. I would have preferred a larger, more lop-sided victory. But 1-0 is still a win," Klein said.
Cox, a midfielder, passed the ball from the right to Barduzzi in the box. Barduzzi kicked it in for the winning goal.
Columbia college travels to Arkansas and Oklahoma this weekend to face John Brown University at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Rogers State University at 1 p.m Sunday.