Alicia Robinson provided the offensive spark in Clayton State’s win over No. 7 Columbus State on Sunday. The Lakers are unbeaten in their last 10 matches. (Special Photo)
MORROW — Clayton State coach Gareth O’Sullivan isn’t totally shocked about the results from his team’s last two matches.
Included in the Lakers 10-match unbeaten streak is a pair of wins over two ranked opponents. The Lakers followed last week’s win over No. 18 North Georgia with a stunning victory over Columbus State on Sunday afternoon.
Clayton State defeated Columbus State 3-0 at Laker Field as the team improved to 9-3-3 overall and 6-0-2 in the Peach Belt Conference.
Laker midfielder Alicia Robinson provided the offensive spark in the victory, scoring the game-winning goal in the first half and also dishing off two assists.
“We are delighted to get the three points today,” head coach Gareth O’Sullivan said. “Columbus is a top team with a class coach. The Peach Belt has such depth as one can see with the weekly results.”
The Laker victory is one of only a handful of victories over a top-10 team in the 18-year history of the women’s program. The last time Clayton State defeated Columbus State was in the 2005 Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
“It has been a very good week for us,” O’Sullivan said. “We have had some big wins. We have been getting better throughout the season.”
With the wins, O’Sullivan is expecting his team to be ranked.
In the win over North Georgia, a goal by forward Lois Edvardsson in the 14th minute of the match was all the Lakers needed as the squad held on the remaining 76 minutes to capture the important Peach Belt Conference victory.
Edvardsson took a pass from midfielder Alicia Robinson and then had her shot deflect off a North Georgia player and into the net for the game-winning score. The goal by Edvardsson was her fourth on the season, while Robinson was credited with her sixth assist on the year.
“Great win tonight and all the credit to the girls for a solid performance,” O’Sullivan said about the victory.
O’Sullivan said he is not totally shocked at how well his team has been playing. He said he saw the potential in the team when it tied ranked Wingate 3-3 in overtime to start the season.
“Even in the games we lost early in the year, I thought we beat ourselves,” O’Sullivan said. “We made some individual mistakes that we have radiated. When we tied a ranked team early in the year, I thought we would have a good squad. I knew it would just be a matter of time before we jelled.”
The Lakers return to confererence action today by hosting Georgia Southwestern in a 5 p.m. match. The match will be the regular season finale for the Lakers, and Senior Day.