Flagler women win third straight PBC soccer title

Flagler women win third straight PBC soccer title

The Flagler College women’s soccer team has secured another title.

The Saints won their third straight Peach Belt Conference championship and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This was the first time Flagler has won three straight conference titles.

The Saints rallied to upset top seed and regular season champions Columbus State 5-3 on Sunday afternoon in Evans, Georgia. Flagler has won nine straight, with the last loss being against Columbus State on Oct. 10.

Flagler sophomore goalkeeper Madison North makes a save during Sunday afternoon’s Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship game. Flagler defeated Columbus State 5-3 to secure the title.

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Both Flagler and Columbus State will advance to the NCAA Tournament starting Thursday, Nov. 20 or Friday, Nov. 19. The last time they were in the NCAA Tournament, in 2019, the Saints lost in the semifinals to Western Washington for the season’s only loss.

“We started the game very well and found the breakthrough from a corner, but Columbus came right back at us, and unfortunately, we found ourselves trailing pretty quickly,” Flagler coach Ashley Martin said. “However, we knew that we could come back from a goal down, and went into the second half with real purpose. Every member of the squad performed today, whether they saw the field or not. Today was a fabulous team victory.”

No. 18 Flagler (15-2-1) was down 2-1 to No. 7 Columbus State (18-2-1) at the half, but the Saints rallied to score four straight second-half goals.

Flagler College's Andrea Fernandez, the Peach Belt Conference Tournament's Most Valuable Player, makes a pass Sunday against Columbus State.

Flagler College’s Andrea Fernandez, the Peach Belt Conference Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, makes a pass Sunday against Columbus State.

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“Flagler was the better team today for sure, and congratulations to them for a great win,” Columbus State coach Jay Entlich said. “They took it to us in the second half, and we just couldn’t find a response in time.”

Flagler’s Andrea Fernandez was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Flagler’s Moa Arlebo, Lauren Lannan and Annie Habeeb were all named the All-Tournament team. Columbus State’s Lauren Barnes, Maddy Peterson and Brooke Ouimette were also on the All-Tournament team.

The NCAA Tournament pairings were announced late Monday.

This article originally appeared on St. Augustine Record: Flagler women’s soccer team stuns Columbus State for Peach Belt title

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