Columbia soccer beats Blackman 3-0 in region semis

Columbia’s Preston Price leans back on the defender as he gains control of the ball. ETHAN SCOTT

Columbia's soccer team defeated Blackman 3-0 on the road on Tuesday night to advance to the regional finals.

Luke Buckley tried to get the Blaze on board early with a quick-scoring attempt that was thwarted by the Lions' swarming defense.

“They controlled the midfield, which shut down a lot of opportunity for me," Buckley said. "They didn’t let me turn much; they definitely dominated.”  

The Lions struck early as Victor Ramirez scored a goal just over the keeper's outstretched arms to go up 1-0 at the 29-minute mark.

“I just saw the ball coming," Ramirez said. "I just turned and hit it. That’s all I could of done.”  

Later, a penalty kick by Mohammad Khan went wide of the net for the Blaze and another shot attempt by Buckley missed its mark.

A penalty kick by Javier Martinez missed the net to keep the Blaze scoreless.

In the opening minute of the second half, Khan missed the top of the net by a hair, nearly tying up the game for the Blaze.

Brewer Wall scored a goal with five minutes off the clock in the second quarter to give the Lions a 2-0 advantage.

The Lions third goal was scored by Eric Valazquez with 24 minutes left to close the door on the Blaze.

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