CSU Fall Sports Teams Among Best in Nation

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University sports teams completed their fall campaigns among the top Division II programs in the country.

Photo:CSU’s Stephanie Parrish and Hannah Ospina attack the ball  during the Nov. 18 NCAA quarterfinal match with Tampa.Coach Jay Entlich’s soccer squad advanced to within one game of the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Final Four. Meanwhile, the men’s golf team completed its fall campaign nationally ranked and the men’s and women’s cross country teams completed their seasons with top 10 finishes in the NCAA South Regional Championship at Huntsville, Ala.

Coach J.D. Evilsizer’s runners earlier swept three separate meets: the Cougar Classic at Smiths Station, the Jaguar Invitational at Augusta and the Peach Belt Conference championships, also at Augusta. The conference titles are the second in consecutive years for both squads.

Photo: CSU senior Adam Pugh and freshman John Neill lead a pack of runners during a fall cross country race.Individual highlights included first place finishes by Isabel Speer (conference championship) and Ashley Arnold (Cougar Classic), and a second place finish by Tim English in the Cougar Classic.

The soccer program in just its fourth season produced its most successful campaign. A 20-3-2 record included the Peach Belt regular season and tournament titles for the second consecutive year and two NCAA tournament wins. The Cougars advanced to a quarterfinal match at the CSU Soccer Complex where a penalty-kick loss to Tampa decided a 2-2 tie and sent Tampa to the Final Four.

Individually, goalkeeper Monica Sanchez and defender Megan Honig were named to the 2007 Daktronics All-Southeast Region First Team.

The golf team finished its fall season ranked 11th in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Division II Coaches’ Poll after peaking as high as third in the rankings. Highlights of the early season included a second straight win at the 17-team Indian Bayou Golf Classic on Oct. 23 in Destin, Fla. Coach Mark Immelman’s squad will next tee it up in early February at the Outback Steakhouse Intercollegiate in Panama City.

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