Kansas Bayly Named Peach Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week
AUGUSTA – Columbus State freshman Kansas Bayly was honored by the Peach Belt Conference Tuesday afternoon by being selected as the conference Defensive Player of the Week. Bayly began her collegiate career over the weekend in the Cougar Invitational and scored the first CSU goal of the 2010 season against Newberry. She put in a corner kick just 13 minutes into the match as the Lady Cougars cruised to a 4-0 victory over Newberry, a 2009 NCAA Tournament participant. Bayly was close to notching a second goal against West Georgia, again on a corner kick, but an excellent save by the West Georgia goalkeeper kept her off the slate. On defense, the center back led a CSU backline that shutout both Newberry and West Georgia. The stout defense limited them to a combined six shots, only one of which was on goal.
The excellent showing by the Lady Cougars this weekend vaulted them up four spots to No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll. CSU is the highest ranked team from the PBC and is also ranked first in the Southeast Region. Columbus State returns to action on Friday, September 10 when it travels to UNC Pembroke in the conference opener. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.