Lady Cougars Headed to National Championship


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PENSACOLA, Fla. – Behind a pair of first half goals, the third-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team took down fifth-ranked Bridgeport in the national semifinals on Thursday at the Brosnaham Soccer Complex.

With the victory, the Lady Cougars advance to Saturday’s national championship match where they will take on top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Grand Valley State. GVSU defeated second-ranked Western Washington 3-2 in Thursday’s second semifinal.

The win ups the season total to 22 for the Lady Cougars, breaking the program record of 21 previously done by the 2008 and 2014 teams.

“I’m super proud of this group, but we’re not done yet,” said head coach Jay Entlich. “We didn’t come down here to come in second place. We want to make sure we don’t stop — we haven’t arrived. Hopefully, we’re put on a performance Saturday like we did today.”

It didn’t take long for Columbus State (22-2-1) to get on the attack, earning a corner kick less than 90 seconds into the match.

Bridgeport (21-2-1) took the game’s first three shots, but it was the Lady Cougars that controlled the first 45 minutes.

Mandy Janowitz nearly put CSU on the board first in the 14th minute, but her attempt slid just over the crossbar. The junior got another look less than four minutes later, but that one missed high as well.

Twenty-one minutes into the match, redshirt-senior Chelsea Person did what she has done for the Lady Cougars all season long: set up a scoring opportunity.

Person took Columbus State’s second corner kick of the match and sailed it into the box. The ball was knocked down in front of the net and Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year Olivia Jarrell tapped it over the goalline to put the Lady Cougars in front.

The goal was the 17th of the season for the St. Augustine, Fla. native and ties her with Stephanie Parrish in 2007 for the highest goal total by a Lady Cougar freshman in program history.

Columbus State would continue to attack the Bridgeport net, getting six shots off over the next 17 minutes before striking again.

Junior midfielder Atalia Ramirez subbed onto the pitch at the 36-minute mark and made an instant impact. Person once again helped set the play up, driving down the right side before dribbling into the box. Person then slid the ball across the 18 where Ramirez ripped a blast past the keeper and into the left side of the net.

The goal was just the second of the season for Ramirez and upped Person’s assist total to 16, tying her for the national lead.

“If you’re going to work for the girl next to you, then she’s going to put the ball in the back of the net for you,” Person said. “If you get a chance to get in, then give it your all. That was the game plan and I think we were able to execute that today.”

The Lady Cougars took the 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, just 45 minutes away from a national championship appearance.

Bridgeport came out strong to start the second half, requiring Maylyn Parsonsto make strong plays in net for CSU. The junior goalkeeper was more than up to the task though keeping the Knights off the board during the stretch.

In the 64th minute, Columbus State found the net again, this time with a little assist from the Purple Knights.

Person worked her way down the left flank and into the box looking for a place to play a cross. The senior’s cross deflected off a Bridgeport defender and into the net to give the Lady Cougars a 3-0 edge.

Bridgeport finally broke through in the 88th minute, getting its only goal of the afternoon, but the game was already decided by that moment.


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Lady Cougar Soccer Final Four Bound

Soccer Final Four

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — For the first time in program history, the third-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team is headed to the Final Four after a 2-0 victory over fourth-ranked Barry on Sundayafternoon. The NCAA quarterfinal match was played at McCown Field in Jefferson City, Tenn.

The Lady Cougars will take on East Region champion and fifth-ranked Bridgeport on Thursday, Dec. 3 in the national semifinals. The Final Four will be played at Ashton Brosnahan Soccer Stadium in Pensacola, Fla.

“I was really proud of our girls today,” said head coach Jay Entlich. “They believed all year this was going to be our year and that says a lot about the character of this team.

“We’re not done though. A lot of teams are satisfied with just getting to the Final Four, but we realize the job is not done yet. We want to be the team holding the trophy at the end.”

As it has done for much of the year, Columbus State (21-2-1) struck first, finding the net in the match’s 10th minute. Chelsea Person placed a corner kick onto the back post that was headed toward the goal by Mandy Janowitz. Hugrun Elvarsdottir finished the sequence off with a header into the net to put CSU in front. The goal was the second of the year for the sophomore.

Less than one minute later, it looked as if the Lady Cougars were going to find the net for a second time. Olivia Jarrell played a ball into the box from the right side that was knocked down by the Barry keeper. With the keeper out of the play, the rebound rolled onto the foot of Taylor Marks who ripped a shot at the open net. Barry’s defenders stepped in at the last moment however, and deflected the shot wide keeping the match at 1-0.

From there, the game began to pick up rhythm as Maylyn Parsons came up huge in net for Columbus State. The junior made five saves in the opening 45 minutes, keeping the Lady Cougars in front by a goal at halftime.

After the break, Nicole Corcione charged toward the net and delivered a strong shot right off the kickoff. The shot sailed just wide of the mark though keeping the lead at one.

Barry (15-3-1) continued to find chances to tie the match, but the CSU backline deflected a pair of shots and Parsons added two more saves before the Lady Cougars put the match away.

With less than 15 minutes to play, Barry committed a foul at the top of the box giving the Lady Cougars a dangerous free kick. Marks took a shot at net that was knocked down by the Buccaneers defense. The ball fell right in front of the net where Corcione was able to tap it home to seal the win. The Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year now has 15 tallies on the season.

Parsons made seven saves in goal for the Lady Cougars, earning the team’s 13th shutout of the year.

Columbus State outshot Barry 18-15 on the day.


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CSU’s Women’s Soccer Team Sweeps PBC Awards, Places 10 on All-Academic Team

PBC Awards

From left, Columbus State Soccer’s Nicole Corcione, PBC Player of the Year; Jay Entlich, PBC Coach of the Year; and Olivia Jarrell, PBC Freshman of the Year, take home three of the team’s 12 total awards from the annual Peach Belt Conference (PBC) banquet held Thursday, Nov. 5 in Augusta, Ga.

— Making history for the second year in a row, the sixth-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team racked up 12 awards at the annual Peach Belt Conference banquet held Thursday, Nov. 5 in Augusta, Ga.

Columbus State became the first PBC women’s soccer program to sweep the big three awards with Nicole Corcione taking home Player of the Year honors, Olivia Jarrell earning Freshman of the Year and Jay Entlich getting the Coach of the Year nod.

The Lady Cougars also had eight players selected to the All-Conference teams, tying the conference mark CSU set in 2014.

Corcione, Maylyn Parsons and Shelby Rolling were each first team selections, while Hugrun Elvarsdottir, Jarrell, Taylor Marks, Chelsea Person and Cassandra Wade were voted to the second team.

Corcione becomes the third Lady Cougar in program history to win the conference’s Player of the Year honor, joining Stephanie Lowery (2010) and Kansas Bayly (2011). She is also just the fourth player in league history to be named Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in her career. The junior is tied for the league lead with 13 goals and leads the PBC with 12 assists and 38 points. As the conference’s leading scorer, Corcione was also awarded the Brine Gold Ball Award Thursday night.

Parsons and Rolling are also repeat selections on the All-Conference team. Parsons was a first team selection last season, while Rolling becomes just the 10th player in PBC women’s soccer history to earn All-Conference honors in all four seasons.

For Entlich, this is the fourth PBC Coach of the Year award he has earned and the second straight. The Lady Cougar head coach led CSU to its ninth PBC regular season crown in 12 seasons as a program and is just two wins away from 200 for his CSU career.

Ten players from the women’s soccer squad also were recently placed on the PBC All-Academic team. Claire Belay, Rebecca Calder, Nicole Corcione, Tori Hood, Mandy Janowitz, Lindsey Law, Taylor Marks, Maylyn Parsons, Chelsea Person and Shelby Rolling were selected, making Columbus State just one of two PBC schools to place at least 10 players on the 75-member team.


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No. 5 Columbus State Women’s Soccer Wins PBC Tournament

SoccerPBCchampsAugusta, Ga. – An early strike again proved to be the difference as the No. 5 Columbus State University women’s soccer team beat No. 16 North Georgia 1-0 to win the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship. The decisive match was played at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.

The tournament title is the fifth in the 11-year history of the Lady Cougar soccer program and the first since 2010. The win also gives Columbus State (19-0-1) both an outright regular season and tournament championship for the first time since 2009.

North Georgia (16-4-1) provided early fireworks as Sydney Reeder’s fifth-minute strike hit the crossbar. CSU responded with a chance of its own in the ninth minute, but Cassandra Wade‘s shot was saved by Mallory Sayre.

It was the 12th minute when the Lady Cougars broke through. Ashley Miller wired a pass through the UNG defense to the foot of Nicole Corcione, who rocketed the ball off the left post and into the back of the net.

The goal was Corione’s eighth of the season and another early dagger for the Lady Cougars against the Nighthawks. CSU previously beat UNG 1-0 on October 22 after Kelsey Pelletier scored three minutes into the match.

The next 78 minutes then became a staring contest between the goalkeepers, Maylyn Parsons and Mallory Sayre. With so much on the line, neither was determined to blink.

Just half a minute after the Columbus State goal, North Georgia’s Sophia Matonak unleashed a shot on goal, forcing Parsons to make her third save. Parsons made another stop in the 25th minute. Most dramatically, the Greenville, S.C. native got in front of a strike from Jessi Vaverka with one second remaining in the first half.

Sayre showed off her mitts in the 37th minute by denying Tori Hood of a scoring opportunity.

The chess match continued as the second half marched on. In this frame, the crossbar would prove to be the Lady Cougars’ friend just as much as Parsons. A 52nd-minute chance by Mollie Arrendale met the woodwork, and Rachel Vanhorn couldn’t get her header below the beam nine minutes later.

The teams traded chances throughout the final 45 minutes with each side getting a last gasp in with under five minutes to go. Corcione bid for a second goal in the 87th minute but was denied by Sayre, while the Nighthawks’ last gasp off Jacy Ramey’s foot met Parsons’ gloves in the 88th.

The tension in the air was lifted with the final buzzer and the Lady Cougars could celebrate a PBC tournament championship, for many of the older players their first taste of ultimate conference glory.

Maylyn Parsons finished the match with six saves as the sophomore and All-PBC first-teamer pitched her 10th shutout of the season. Her counterpart Mallory Sayre also finished with six saves in the tough-luck loss.

North Georgia outshot Columbus State 17-15 on the afternoon.

Next up for Columbus State is the NCAA tournament next weekend. CSU will find out its NCAA tournament opponent and location during the selection show, scheduled for Monday night at 7:00 p.m. The first round begins on Friday, November 14.


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Columbus State Women’s Soccer Places 11 on PBC All-Academic Team

Augusta, Ga. – Pairing together with outstanding on-field success, the Columbus State University women’s soccer team had 11 players named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team, announced by the league on Wednesday.

Claire Belay, Nicole Corcione, Casey Davis, Jackie Hellett, Mandy Janowitz, Lindsey Law, Taylor Marks, Maylyn Parsons, Kelsey Pelletier, Chelsea Person and Shelby Rolling were each honored for their work in the classroom.

Columbus State led the conference with 11 selections, while no other school had more than seven.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.

Corcione, Parsons, Pelletier, Person and Rolling each earned Capital One Academic All-District honors last week.

The Lady Cougars are off to the best start in program history, having just completed their first unbeaten regular season.

Following last night’s 5-0 win over USC Aiken, Columbus State will play UNC Pembroke in the PBC Tournament semifinals on Friday night in Evans, Ga. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. from Blanchard Woods Park.

2014 Peach Belt Conference Women’s Soccer
All-Academic Team

Player School Year Hometown GPA Major (Minor)
Camilla Alderin Montevallo Sr. Oslo, Norway 3.84 Business Management
Jessica Allen North Georgia So. Loganville, Ga. 3.56 Marketing
Ally Barys Georgia College Jr. Ladera Ranch, Calif. 4.00 Exercise Science (Business Admin.)
Taryn Bates Flagler Jr. Orange Park, Fla. 3.579 Elementary Education
Jenna Beauregard USC Aiken Jr. Charleston, S.C. 3.557 Communications
Claire Belay Columbus State So. Mableton, Ga. 3.86 Chemistry
Casey Black Lander Sr. Moore, S.C. 3.68 Business Administration
Melissa Bode Montevallo Sr. Katy, Texas 3.62 Psychology (Kinesiology)
Alison Bondy Flagler Jr. Maitland, Fla. 3.30 Business Administration
Alex Bowen North Georgia So. Lilburn, Ga. 3.64 Psychology
Maggie Carson Armstrong Sr. Aurora, Ill. 3.93 Psychology
Kayla Combs Lander So. Orlando, Fla. 3.87 Exercise Science
Nicole Corcione Columbus State So. Chandler, N.C. 4.00 Pre-Nursing
Candace Cosby Armstrong Jr. Albany, Ga. 3.94 Biology
Abby Dalton Georgia College Sr. Macon, Ga. 3.43 Athletic Training
Makensie Danaher Flagler So. Nicholasville, Ky. 3.31 Sport Management
Casey Davis Columbus State Sr. Boca Raton, Fla. 3.34 Nursing
Mary Margaret Davis Armstrong Sr. Savannah, Ga. 3.48 Early Childhood Education
Lois Edvardsson Clayton State Sr. Goteborg, Sweden 3.72 Business Administration
Cassie Fernandez Flagler Jr. Naples, Fla. 3.741 Graphic Design
Julie Fisher UNC Pembroke Sr. Holly Springs, N.C. 3.799 Accounting
Liz Franco Georgia College So. Alpharetta, Ga. 3.50 Biology
Megan Gil North Georgia So. Dacula, Ga. 3.64 Chemistry/Pre-Med
Alex Giles Georgia College So. Dacula, Ga. 3.70 Pre Mass Communications
Alex Glunt Flagler So. Largo, Fla. 3.44 Sport Management
Kailey Goins Armstrong So. St. Augustine, Fla. 3.81 Human Performance Management
Elyse Gowen Georgia Southwestern So. Woodbine, Ga. 3.50 Nursing
Michaela Graber Montevallo So. Alabaster, Ala. 3.81 Art
Jackie Hellett Columbus State Sr. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 3.45 Communication
Michelle Hernandez UNC Pembroke Sr. Linkoping, Sweden 3.824 Business
Taylor Herron Georgia Soutwestern Jr. Kingsland, Ga. 3.366 Political Science
Hazel Kelley USC Aiken Jr. Goose Creek, S.C. 3.738 Communications
Krissy Kauffman Young Harris Jr. Acworth, Ga. 3.84 Biology (Chemistry)
Mandy Janowitz Columbus State So. Alpharetta, Ga. 3.58 Marketing
Nicole Johnston Montevallo Sr. Liverpool, England 3.81 Kinesiology
Fayla Junior Lander So. Hendersonville, Tenn. 3.63 Physical Science
Lindsey Knott Georgia College Sr. Macon, Ga. 3.77 Biology (French)
Lindsey Law Columbus State So. Thomaston, Ga. 3.82 Exercise Science
Amy Lee North Georgia Sr. Cataula, Ga. 3.33 Exercise Science
Allison Litchfield Armstrong So. Lilburn, Ga. 3.80 Rehabilitation Sciences
Taylor Marks Columbus State So. Fayetteville, Ga. 4.00 Pre-Nursing
Hannah Martin Lander So. Irmo, S.C. 3.43 Education
Brianne Matarazzo Armstrong Sr. Fort Myers, Fla. 3.42 Early Childhood Education
Charlotte McCormack Clayton State Jr. Wexford, Ireland 3.32 Business Administration
Noel McDaniel Lander Jr. Lexington, S.C. 4.00 Exercise Science
Megan Morrow North Georgia Sr. Snellville, Ga. 3.42 Biology/Pre-Pharmacy
Elana Newman Young Harris So. Dallas, Ga. 3.46 Biology
Maylyn Parsons Columbus State So. Greenville, S.C. 4.00 Engineering Studies
Chelsea Person Columbus State Jr. Decatur, Ga. 3.93 Communication
Kelsey Pelletier Columbus State Sr. Duluth, Ga. 4.00 Exercise Science
Tiffany Polson Montevallo Jr. Gillette, Wy. 4.00 Kinesiology
Megan Poth Flagler So. New Hill, N.C. 3.347 Graphic Design
Shelby Rolling Columbus State Jr. Stayner, Ontario 3.93 Health Science
Taylor Russell Armstrong Jr. Marietta, Ga. 3.46 Early Childhood Education
Ashleigh Scarpinato Young Harris Sr. Kennesaw, Ga. 3.83 English (Communication Studies)
Allyease Schwartz Georgia College So. Roswell, Ga. 3.46 Biology
Kristi Sheridan Georgia Southwestern Jr. Smithville, Ga. 3.719 Nursing
Megan Smits USC Aiken Jr. Manassas, Va. 3.535 Secondary Education
Annie Stephens Georgia College Sr. Fayetteville, Ga. 3.34 Healh Education (Physical Education)
Savanna Stiles UNC Pembroke So. Richlands, N.C. 3.903 Nursing
Cicely Taliaferro North Georgia Sr. Marietta, Ga. 3.34 Exercise Science
Amber Watkins UNC Pembroke So. Kannapolis, N.C. 3.558 Biology
Madelyn Youngblood Young Harris Jr. Hoschton, Ga. 4.00 Psychology (English)


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No. 7 Columbus State to Host USC Aiken in PBC Quarterfinals

Soccer_team_startersColumbus – After capping off an unbeaten regular season, the seventh-ranked and top-seeded Columbus State University women’s soccer team (16-0-1, 11-0-0) will host eighth-seeded USC Aiken (6-8-3, 4-5-2) in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Tuesday night at the Walden Soccer Complex.

Last Meeting
Columbus State picked up goals from Tori Hood, Chelsea Person and Kiana Nicholson in a 3-1 victory at USC Aiken on September 27. Taylor Simmons scored the only goal for the Pacers in the 83rd minute.

Quick Shots
The Lady Cougars are a perfect 11-0-0 all-time against USC Aiken.
The winner of Tuesday’s match will meet the winner of No. 4 UNC Pembroke and No. 5 Lander on Friday in Evans, Ga.
Columbus State won the PBC Tournament in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
CSU is the top seed in the conference tournament for the first time since 2009.

Notable Numbers
54 – Goals scored by the Lady Cougars in 11 previous meetings with USC Aiken.
4 – Goals scored by USC Aiken in those 11 matches.
4 – Peach Belt Conference Tournament championships for the Lady Cougars.
10 – Shutouts for the Lady Cougars, the ninth time in 11 years they have reached double figures.

Inside USC Aiken
The Pacers are making their first appearance in the PBC Tournament since 2008.
USCA is 1-7 all-time in the PBC Tournament, with the only win coming against Lander in 2000.
USC Aiken is winless in its last four matches, including a 9-0 defeat at North Georgia on Saturday.
Senior Hannah Allison leads the Pacers in scoring with nine goals on the season.


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No. 2 Columbus State Set for No. 17 Clayton State Saturday

SoccerTeamColumbus, Ga. – After reaching the highest ranking in program history, the second-ranked Columbus State University women’s soccer team will host No. 17 Clayton State on Saturday at the Walden Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Last Meeting
Columbus State eliminated Clayton State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 victory at Wingate University on November 15, 2013. Chelsea Person scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the 10th minute for the Lady Cougars.

Quick Shots
Columbus State and Clayton State tied for the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship in 2013.
The last time the two teams met in Columbus, Ashley Miller scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give the Lady Cougars a 3-2 win.
Saturday’s match will mark the third time the Lady Cougars have played against a ranked opponent this season, defeating then No. 9 Rollins 1-0 and playing then No. 2 West Florida to 1-1 before a weather cancellation.
Columbus State has recorded three consecutive shutouts, with the last goal against it coming late in the match at Young Harris on October 4.

Notable Numbers
15 – Different Lady Cougars to score a goal this season, three more than any other team in the conference.
1 – Goal allowed by the Lady Cougars over five matches in the month of October.
285 – Minutes without allowing a goal for the Lady Cougar defense.
2 – Wins needed to match the best start in program history, done in 2009.

Inside Clayton State
The Lakers advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year for the first time since the 2005 season.
Head coach Gareth O’Sullivan won a NCAA Division II national championship in 2002 as the head coach at Christian Brothers University.
Maria Marti Bartis and Lucy Cunningham are tied atop the PBC leaderboard in goals with 11 apiece.
The Lakers had recorded seven consecutive shutouts before allowing five goals in a loss at No. 10 North Georgia on Wednesday.


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Columbus State to Host Atlanta Beat-FSU Soccer Exhibition Game

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University will host its first women’s professional soccer event on Sunday, March 20, when the Atlanta Beat takes on Florida State University.

“We are very excited about hosting this event and giving Columbus exposure to professional soccer,” said CSU women’s soccer coach Jay Entlich. “This will be a great way for families to spend a Sunday afternoon watching the highest level of women’s soccer in the nation.”

The Atlanta Beat is a member of the Women’s Professional Soccer league and plays regular season games at Kennesaw State University. The Beat will take on a strong Florida State squad, which advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in the fall 2010 season, at 3 p.m. at CSU’s Walden Soccer Complex.

Tickets for the event will go on sale soon at $12 for adults and $9 for ages 6-18.Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. For more information, contact Entlich at or at 706-507-8055. Tickets will be available at Woodruff Farms Soccer Complex from 9 a.m.-noon on three Saturdays leading up to the event, from March 5-19.


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Columbus State Women’s Soccer to Host Kicks for the Cure Game

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Columbus State women’s soccer team will hold its annual “Kicks for the Cure” game on Wednesday, Oct. 6 versus Georgia Southwestern.

Kick for the Cure logoKickoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Walden Soccer Complex. The Lady Cougars will again partner with St. Francis Hospital and its Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Center for Breast Health. The event aims to raise local awareness and money for breast cancer research.

“We are so excited that Lynn Thompson and St. Francis Hospital agreed to being a title sponsor for the second year in a row,” said Jay Entlich, head women’s soccer coach. “Last year was a huge success, and we hope to match last year’s efforts or, better yet, raise more money to find a cure for cancer.”

The Lady Cougars will wear commemorative pink jerseys with white stripes while Georgia Southwestern will wear white jerseys with pink stripes. The Columbus State jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, raising more money for breast cancer research. There will pink mini-soccer balls thrown out to the fans as well.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and donated to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Center. 


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Women’s Soccer Team Wins Conference Sportsmanship Award

AUGUSTA, GA – Columbus State was named the Peach Belt Conference Team Sportsmanship Award winner for women’s soccer Tuesday.

The awards program, new this year, recognizes one team from each of the league’s 12 championship sports with participants that best exemplify the spirit of sportsmanship and conduct themselves with a high degree of integrity, character, and class. Teams that compete in each sport choose the team that wins the award.

Points are awarded according to how each team finishes in voting and, in June, the institution with the highest totals receives the PBC Institution of the Year Sportmanship Award. CSU captured its fourth straight Peach Belt regular season championship in 2008 with a 7-0-1 conference record, also winning the PBC Tournament title for the third straight year. The Lady Cougars advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second straight year before falling to undefeated Rollins.

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Lady Cougars Win Conference Tournament Title in OT Thriller

EVANS, GA – Columbus State’s Stephanie Parrish poked in a loose ball Sunday after a Lindsey Morgan direct free kick in the fourth minute of overtime to give the Lady Cougars a 2-1 win over UNC Pembroke and their third straight Peach Belt Conference Tournament title. The Lady Cougars (19-3-1) also claimed the league’s regular season title for the fourth straight year in 2008.

‘Our team showed a lot of character in coming back from a 1-0 deficit,’ said CSU head coach Jay Entlich. ‘We were ultimately able to get one into the net in that overtime period.’

‘We really appreciate the great support we had today. The families of the players, our president (Dr. Tim Mescon) and our athletic director (Jay Sparks) were here for the game and it was great to be able to win this title with them there in support of us,’ he added.

The title game was the fourth straight for CSU and also the fourth consecutive year the deciding game has gone to overtime. CSU lost to Clayton State in OT in 2005, defeated Armstrong Atlantic State in a shootout in 2006, defeated AASU again last season in an extra frame.

Parrish got the equalizing goal in the 81st minute after the Braves had taken a 1-0 lead earlier in the second half. Parrish took a long serve from Jill Walthall and beat UNCP goalkeeper Whitney Beverly one-on-one to knot the score. The goal came at the 80:58 mark of the game.

UNCP took a 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute. Rebecca Womack got her head on a feed off a free kick from the left side of the box and was able to poke it over CSU keeper Monica Sanchez. CSU had dominated offensive play for the most part prior to that score.

The Lady Cougars out-shot the Braves 21-6 in the contest with Beverly collecting seven saves. UNCP defenders also thwarted a pair of shots to give the Braves nine total saves on the day. CSU’s Sanchez picked up three saves on the day.

CSU also held a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks and collected 10 fouls to just nine for UNCP. Lady Cougar Kim Gaughan received the only caution of the game, picking up a yellow card in the 81st minute.

CSU will now await official word on its post-season destiny on Monday. CSU will likely serve as a host for a portion of the Southeast Regional next weekend at the Walden Soccer Complex. Official notification will come in the late afternoon on Monday, as well as an announcement on game times and opponents.

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CSU Hosts Regional Women’s Soccer Championships This Weekend

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Get ready for another action-packed soccer weekend as Columbus State University hosts crucial games that will decide whether the Lady Cougars could make it to the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Final Four.

CSU (19-3-1)will face top-seeded Tusculum (15-6) at 7 p.m. Friday in the second of two regional championship games at the CSU soccer complex on Algonquin Drive, near the west entrance of CSU’s main campus. Just before that Southeast Regional Championship game, at 4:30 p.m., Tampa (17-2-2) will play Montevallo (15-7) at the complex in the South Regional Championship game. The winners of those games will face each other at 1 p.m. Sunday in a NCAA Quarterfinal match here to decide which team goes to the Final Four, set for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Orange Beach, Ala.

CSU, the third seed in the Southeast Region, defeated Queens University of Charlotte 5-0 and upset No. 2 seed Carson-Newman 3-0 to advance to the final. Top-seeded Tusculum defeated Lincoln Memorial 3-1 to advance. CSU fell to Tusculum 1-0 in an Aug. 31 meeting at Columbus.

Columbus State got three first-half goals Sunday en route to the 3-0 shutout over Carson-Newman. That 19th victory set a new school mark for wins in a season. CSU launched its program in 2004.

CSU earned its way into the postseason by winning its third straight Peach Belt Conference regular season championship and its second consecutive PBC Tournament title.

Soccer fans can take a look at the entire Division II field and upcoming matchups on this online NCAA bracket. Details on CSU’season are available at

Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for students to age 12, $2 for ages 4-11, and kids 3 and younger are admitted free.

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CSU Soccer Coach, Freshman Win Conference Honors

Although forced to share the Peach Belt Conference crown, Columbus State’s women’s soccer team managed to claim a fifth of the slots on the All-Conference team as its coach, Jay Entlich, was named Coach of the Year.

Columbus State’s Kellie Myles won another individual honor as Freshman of the Year.

Myles, a midfielder, helped Columbus State to a share of the 2005 PBC Championship after leading the team with 13 goals and six assists for 32 points. The freshman from Fayetteville, Ga., made a mid-season switch from defense to midfield and is the first CSU player to capture a major conference award.

Entlich founded the Columbus State women’s soccer program and in just two short years has crafted a championship-level team. After a respectable 2004 season played largely with newcomers, Entlich led the 2005 Lady Cougars to a share of the PBC Championship with a 14-5-1 overall record, including 6-1-1 in conference play and, in the season’s final week, the programs first-ever Top 25 ranking.

Other CSU members of the 2005 All-Conference team as selected by position by the nine PBC head coaches are defenders Sarah Hawkins and Megan Honig and goalkeeper Monica Sanchez. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Clayton State’s Olaitan Yusuf was named the PBC Player of the Year after leading PBC scoring for the second straight season with 17 goals and seven assists. The sophomore from Nigeria, is ranked 17th in the nation in goals per game and, in just two seasons, is already the conferences second all-time leading scorer with 51 career goals. She was named the PBC Freshman of the Year last season.


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Lady Cougars Win Conference Tournament Soccer Game

After a 55-minute lightning delay interrupted the first half of Tuesdays first-round Peach Belt Conference Womens Soccer Tournament game, Columbus State used some second-half lightning of its own to break a 1-1 tie and take a 3-1 win over North Georgia.

The Lady Cougars, the tournaments top seed, earn the right to host the PBC Final Four on Friday and Saturday with the victory.

CSU also found out just before game time that it had garnered the programs first-ever national ranking this week, entering the NSCAA/Adidas Division II Top 25 in the No. 25 spot. The ranking is icing on the cake for the second-year program and comes on the heels of its first-ever PBC regular season championship — a title shared with Clayton State this season.

Katherine Atwater got the scoring started in the first half as she took a pass from Kellie Myles after a corner kick and beat North Georgia keeper Kelly Conarro in the lower right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead just 7:27 into play. North Georgia (3-12) answered quickly, getting a breakaway in which Elizabeth Franklin ran down a feed from Jessica Williams and beat Monica Sanchez to tie the score at 1-1 at the 9:39 mark.

Rain started to fall a short time later and with 13:20 left in the half, play was halted due to lightning. The delay lasted 55 minutes and the two squads resumed play in a steady rain, going into the half knotted at one.

CSU finally broke through and got the eventual game-winner from Hannah Ospina. Megan Honig served in a corner kick which Ospina and teammate Krystin Mills each went up for, but Ospina connected with the header to beat Conarro for the 2-1 lead at the 73:59 mark. Kassy Boivin struck just under three minutes later with the games final goal off a great crossing pass from Mills to make it 3-1.

Conarro faced a barrage of 31 CSU shots from all directions on the day, coming up with eight saves. Sanchez recorded one save for CSU and faced only three shots. CSU held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Lady Cougars (14-5-1) will now turn their attention to hosting the leagues top four teams beginning Friday. CSU has chosen to play the 12-Noon game, and will play the UNC Pembroke vs. Lander winner. Armstrong Atlantic State, 7-1 winners over Georgia College & State University on Tuesday, will face the Clayton State vs. USC Upstate winner at 2:30. Saturdays championship game will kick off at 2 p.m.


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Women’s Soccer Comes to CSU

Columbus State University President Frank Brown and Athletic Director Herbert Greene in November officially announced the addition of women’s soccer as the tenth sport in the CSU athletic program.

The team will begin play in 2004 under the direction of the program’s first coach, Jay Entlich, former head coach of the Carolina Courage of the Women’s United Soccer Association.

For more, please see the complete story on Cougar Sports Net at Women’s Soccer Comes to CSU.

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