Columbus Eagles FC put together a comprehensive performance Saturday, beating Indy Saints FC 3-0 in the club’s home finale of the 2018 WPSL season. Amber Kern, Lila Remache, and Lisa Nouanesengsy all scored for Columbus, which improves to 4-1-2 and stays in third in the Valley division of the WPSL.
With the win, the Eagles set a club record for single-season WPSL wins (4) and points (14). It’s the second straight season the club has set records in both of those categories.
Kern got the Eagles started with a fifth minute goal from a corner, taken short by Nouanesengsy, who tiptoed the goal line and crossed a pass into the center where Kern was waiting. The Columbus captain poked it over the line for her team-leading third goal of the WPSL season.
Later in the first half, Eagles midfielder Larissa Najjar started an attack, finding Erin Brockway charging down the right wing. The Ashland University alumna then played a great aerial cross into the box, and Remache slid in with her right foot to score her first goal as an Eagle.
In the second half, Nouanesengsy scored one of the goals of the season, finishing off a counter-attack with a left-foot rocket that beat Indy’s goalkeeper high on the short side. It’s Nouanesengsy’s first goal since May 12 and her second of the WPSL season.
Goalkeepers Hannah Sargent and Jenna Villacres both saw action in net for Columbus and recorded a joint clean sheet. The Eagles have a scoreless streak of more than 200 minutes and haven’t given up a goal since the second half of the team’s draw against FC Pride on June 10.
The Eagles play once more this WPSL season – on the road at Steel City FC of Pittsburgh on July 8. Columbus is mathematically unable to win the Valley division, but can still finish second, which would be the best-ever finish for the club.
With the 2018 WPSL home season completed, the Eagles would like to extend a special thank you to every fan who supported our fifth season. We could not have done this without your help and support. We have much, much more in the works, and we’re excited about the future of the club in 2018, 2019, and beyond. Thank you!