TROY -- Columbia scored a goal five minutes into the match and added another in the second half to beat Marion, 2-0, in the semifinals of the Troy Triad 2A Sectional on Tuesday evening.
Alex Barton scored that opening goal from 15 yards and Brad Meyer put in a header on a pass from Jonah James in the 57th minute to account for the scoring.
"I thought we played a great game," said Marion coach Rob Underwood. "Nothing for our boys to hang their heads about. We just didn't have luck on our side today."
Marion's season record finishes at 10-9-3.
Columbia (21-3-3) advances to face rival Waterloo Gibault (15-4-5) in the championship on Saturday. Gibault knocked out Carbondale, 2-1, in the other semifinal match Tuesday.