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Clayton State proves rankings right

Clayton State proves rankings right

In Clayton State’s 3-2 win over Georgia Southwestern earlier this week, senior Alhagi Toure scored all three goals in his final home game at Laker Field. (Special Photo)

In Clayton State’s 3-2 win over Georgia Southwestern earlier this week, senior Alhagi Toure scored all three goals in his final home game at Laker Field. (Special Photo)

MORROW — A day after it cracked into the women’s soccer rankings, Clayton State continued its hot streak in the regular season finale against Georgia Southwestern.

The Lakers defeated Georgia Southwestern 4-0 on “Senior Night” at Laker Field in the Peach Belt Conference match.

The win improves Clayton State to 10-3-3 overall and 7-0-2 in conference matches.

Earlier in the week, Clayton State entered the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division II Women’s National poll for the first time in more than five years. The Lakers are currently riding a record an 11-game unbeaten streak, which includes a number of signature decisions for the program during the stretch.

Last week, the team defeated then-No. 7 Columbus State after defeating then-No. 18 North Georgia in conference matches.

In the Georgia Southwestern win, Clayton State’s Denisha Paskell led the attack, scoring two goals in the match, giving her a team-leading 12 on the season. She opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a goal after a pass from Alicia Robinson, her Peach Belt Conference leading ninth of the year.

The Lakers increased their lead to 2-0 in the 60th minute of the match, capitalizing on a penalty kick by Lois Edvardsson, her fifth goal of the year. Paskell added her second goal of the match, carrying the ball the length of the field and then beating the keeper for a score.

Meghan Marvinny scored the Lakers final goal in the 78th minute, giving the squad some insurance and a four goal lead. Saidhbh Collins was credited on the assist as she served the ball in the box and Marvinny headed it in for the score.

TOURE GETS HAT TRICK: Senior Alhagi Toure closed out his last regular-season game at Laker Field in a big way. He had a game to remember by scoring three goals in the team’s 3-2 win over Georgia Southwestern in a Peach Belt Conference match.

With the win, Clayton State improves to 9-3-2 overall and 4-2-1 in Peach Belt play.

The three goals by Toure give him a conference-leading 16 on the season. He struck for his first goal in the eighth minute of Wednesday’s match with a quick flick past the keeper after a pass from Jonny Evans, his fifth assist of the year.

Toure gave the Lakers a 2-0 advantage in the 64th minute after a cross by Alekis Tuominen, followed adding his third goal in the 77th minute after a pass from Samuel Barnsley.