Columbus State notes: Women's soccer team picked to win Peach Belt Conference

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 23, 2013 

The Columbus State women's soccer team was selected to win the Peach Belt Conference championship in a poll of the league's coaches.

The Cougars edged out two-time defending PBC champion Armstrong Atlantic by two points.

It is the sixth time CSU has been picked to win the title in the preseason poll.

North Georgia, Clayton State and Lander rounded out the top five.

The Cougars, who went 18-3-2 last season and reached the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight year, return 13 players.

Included in that group is All-Southeast Region defender Shelby Rolling.

Columbus State, which opens the season Sept. 6, at home against top-ranked West Florida, was also ranked 13th in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll.

Men's golf schedule released

The Columbus State men's golf team begins the 2013-14 season by hosting the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Country Club of Columbus.

CSU finished second in the team competition last year, while Jesse Gibson won medalist honors. That was CSU's only individual win of the 2012-13 season.

CSU will play three additional tournaments in the fall portion of the schedule. The week after the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational, CSU will head to Destin, Fla., for the Indian Bayou Intercollegiate.

Two weeks later, CSU will play in the TVA Credit Union Classic in Killen, Ala., then finish the fall by playing in the McDonough Cup in Orlando, Fla.

CSU returns all five golfers that played in the NCAA tournament last season.

Women's golf schedule also released

The Lady Cougars will also play four events in the fall, starting with the Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate in Sevierville, Tenn., on Sept. 9-10.

CSU will travel the next week to Calera, Ala., for the Montevallo Full Moon BBQ Invitational.

After a week off, CSU will play in the Lady Bearcat Invitational in Hilton Head, S.C.

CSU will close out the fall slate on Oct. 28 at the Rock Barn Collegiate Invitational in Conover, N.C.

Ciera Bagley and Kaitie Cross return for CSU.

Cross country teams lauded

The Columbus State men's and women's corss country teams were both voted to the win the Peach Belt Conference.

The Lady Cougars finished just ahead of Clayton State in voting by league coaches.

CSU, which finished second last year, will be looking for its seventh PBC title.

Kristina Delpesche, Moneque English and Rayna Green return to lead the team.

The CSU men finished ahead of Georgia Regents University in the men's voting.

The Cougars won their sixth PBC title in seven years in 2012.

Jacob Dirkman and Silas Rugut return for the Cougars.

Both teams open Sept. 7 at a meet at Georgia Southwestern.

Rifle schedule released

The CSU rifle team will compete in 15 meets during the 2013-14 season. In eight of those, the Cougars will be competing against teams ranked inside the top 15 in last season's final Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll.

CSU opens at Memphis on Sept. 28.

The first home match of the season will be on Oct. 13 against UT-Martin. The meet will take place at the Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning.

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