Missed opportunities catch up to Columbia College soccer team

Sunday, October 9, 2011 | 9:48 p.m. CDT; updated 2:04 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 10, 2011

FULTON—The Westminster bench erupted with cheers as Sean Peterson evened the score for the Blue Jays in the 79th minute of the game.

Defender Tom Vincenc grabbed the ball out of the goal and punted it to midfield in frustration. The Columbia College soccer team missed several opportunities to extend an early 1-0 lead and settled for a 1-1 tie after two overtimes Sunday night in a road game against Westminster.

"That's what happens when you don't finish a team off," Columbia College coach John Klein said.

After Westminster tied the game, the intensity picked up.

Once the Blue Jays scored, they fought even harder, and nearly took the lead. Westminster had two good shots in overtime. One bounced off the right goalpost and another was knocked away by a header from Columbia College defender Nikola Velickovic.

Columbia College outshot the Blue Jays 18-9, but failed to capitalize on their extra shots.

"We get one goal scored on and we lose our momentum, and then we scramble to try to get the goal back," Cougars midfielder Andres Acosta said.

Midfielder Yudai Yamaguchi did not play after taking a knee to his thigh at practice earlier in the week. The Cougars had to shuffle their lineup, moving Liam Cain to the middle. Cain usually plays as a speed threat on the outside.

Klein said Yamaguchi probably could've played, but he sat the midfielder to make sure he will be ready for the Cougars next game. Columbia College will play American Midwest Conference opponent William Woods at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home.


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