CSU Women’s Soccer Team Ready to Compete
The Columbus State women’s soccer team is coming off one of the best seasons in program history. The 2014 season for the lady Cougars was nothing short of stellar. The Cougars racked up 21 wins, won the Peach Belt Conference regular season, and earned a top seed in the NCAA D2 tournament. But there’s still a little bit of a sting after getting knocked out of last year’s tournament in the quarterfinal round.
"If anything being that successful but not reaching the ultimate goal kind of lights a little bit of a fire under or butts so we work even harder this season so we can end up playing through December and competing in a National Championship game," said senior forward Chelsea Person.
A national championship is the ultimate goal the Cougars are trying to achieve and they know they have the potential to do it, despite being young. The Cougars welcome 16 new players; a young group with a lot of potential.
"There’s not one player who I can literally look at and say they can’t play soccer," said senior defender Rebecca Calder. "So I think each person will definitely be a great attribute to the team."
It’s a young group that will hopefully help the lady Cougars continue their winning ways. There’s a lot of momentum and standard on their field and they’ll certainly be put to the test with the schedule they’ve got. But that’s a good thing. In fact, coach Jay Entlich says this group is the fittest they’ve been in years, and with the new facets they’ve added in the off-season, they should be a force to be reckoned with.
"This year, we’re gonna make sure we get after it," he said. "We don’t sit back and we don’t let other teams dictate the way we play. We’ll know right away where we stand and I think that’s the important issue is we have to make sure we put ourselves to the test every single time we step on the field."
CSU opens up the 2015 season on Friday, September 4th in the CSU collegiate invitational.