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 http://www.csucougars.com.

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