No. 4 Columbus State Womens Soccer Ready For Hughston Sports Clinic Shootout
COLUMBUS – No. 4 Columbus State women's soccer will host the Hughston Sports Clinic Shootout this weekend beginning on Friday, September 17 when it takes on Lander at 7:00 p.m. at the Walden Soccer Complex.
CSU will come into the contest with a 4-0 overall record and 1-0 in Peach Belt Conference play. They opened up conference play last Friday at UNC Pembroke, coming away with a 1-0 victory. Columbus State is 8-1-1 all-time against the Braves and has won the last eight matches. Emily Husted scored the game's only goal late in the first half. Goalkeepers Mary Mancin and Willi Babillis combined to pitch the shutout, each playing a half. Mancin earned the win, improving to 4-0 on the season. On Sunday, the Lady Cougars dominated Pfeiffer outshooting them 21-3 on their way to a 6-0 victory. Six different players found the back of the net for CSU.
Overall, Columbus State has outscored their opponents 14-0 on the season and outshot them 68-21. Eight different players have scored for CSU, led by Stephanie Lowery's three goals. Stephanie Parrish is the team leader with four assists. Parrish ranks second all-time on the CSU scoring list with 103 points, six points away from the all-time mark of 109 held by Gina Goforth. Parrish is also tied for fourth nationally in assists with four thus far.
Lander makes the trek to Columbus with a 4-1 mark and a 0-1 ledger in the PBC. They dropped a 3-2 overtime match to No. 14 Armstrong Atlantic in their conference opener. The Lady Bearcats rebounded and posted a 2-1 victory over Anderson (S.C.) Tuesday night. Lander, No.5 in the Southeast Regional poll, is led offensively by Jamie Shaw (four goals) and Kendall Couch (three goals). Katherine Baltz has played the majority of the minutes in goal, registering a 0.91 goals against average.
CSU will bring in five different teams to take part in the tournament, the second Columbus State has hosted this year. The University of Tampa and Tusculum College open up the competition with a game at 4:30 p.m. at the Walden Soccer Complex. The second day of the event will pit Columbus State against Carson-Newman, a rematch of last season's regional final, at 1:30 p.m. Tampa takes on Lander in the early contest, starting at 11:00 a.m.