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CSU announces Lady Cougar soccer schedule

Columbus – Columbus State  women's soccer head coach Jay Entlich announced the 2014 Lady Cougar schedule on Wednesday. The slate, which features a total of 18 matches, includes 11 against teams that finished the 2013 season with a winning record. 

"It is going to be a very challenging but exciting season," commented Entlich. "Our schedule is tough like always and I find it refreshing to play two new opponents this season." 

"The first six matches of the year is going to be a learning experience for the girls as we play four matches against NCAA Tournament teams." 

The season begins on September 5 as the Lady Cougars and Entlich host the annual CSU Collegiate Invitational. Eight different teams will participate during the two-day tournament at the Walden Soccer Complex including four men's teams. 

Columbus State will cap off action on September 5 opening the season against Mount Olive at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. 

The marquee match of the tournament will come on Sunday, September 7 as CSU and West Florida square off at 4:00 p.m. The Argonauts have reached the NCAA Division II national championship match in each of the past two seasons including winning the 2012 title. UWF edged the Lady Cougars 3-2 in overtime last season. 

Another tournament awaits Columbus State the following week as the Lady Cougars travel to Pensacola, Fla. to play matches against two NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago. On Friday, September 12, Columbus State and Texas A&M Commerce will meet on the pitch for the first time ever. The Lions went 11-6-2 in 2013 reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. 

The Lady Cougars complete the weekend with a match against Rollins on September 14. The Tars lost just three matches last season and reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. It will be just the third meeting all-time between the schools and the first since the 2008 campaign. 

Columbus State will remain on the road for the remaining part of September playing four straight road matches including beginning Peach Belt Conference play. After a match against Lee on September 17, the Lady Cougars and Armstrong Atlantic State University renew their rivalry in Savannah on September 20. The two programs have combined to dominate the PBC as either CSU or Armstrong has won or at least captured a share of the PBC regular season title in each of the past nine years. 

After another midweek road match against Tusculum on September 24, the Lady Cougars will conclude the road trip with a match against USC Aiken on September 27. 

The Lady Cougars will begin October with a bang playing four matches in the first 10 days of the month.  On the first, CSU will take on in-state rival Georgia College at the Walden Soccer complex. GC knocked CSU out of the PBC Tournament last season earning its first ever win against the Lady Cougars. 

After a road match against Young Harris (Oct. 4), Columbus State will host Georgia Southwestern on October 8 before leaving town once again to play Valdosta State on October 10. The match against the Blazers will be the final non-conference tilt for CSU. 

Columbus State will then enter one of the toughest portions of its schedule to end the month. Flagler will visit Columbus on October 15 before CSU hosts Clayton State on October 18. The Lady Cougars and Lakers each won a share of the PBC regular season title last season and met in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament with the Lady Cougars advancing after a 1-0 win. 

On October 22, Columbus State and North Georgia will meet in Dahlonega. Columbus State leads the all-time series against UNG 9-2-1 but the Nighthawks are 1-0-1 against the Lady Cougars over the past two seasons. 

Columbus State's final home match of the season will come on October 25 as CSU hosts Lander. 

The Lady Cougars will conclude the regular season with two road matches against Montevallo (Oct. 29) and UNC Pembroke (Nov. 1). 

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