Columbus State University

Columbus State moves to No. 1 in national poll

The Columbus State Lady Cougars are No. 1.

The soccer team jumped up one spot in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. It is the first time in the program’s history it has been ranked No. 1.

“The team is thrilled that other coaches across the country feel that our program is solid,” CSU coach Jay Entlich said. “However, they are also very grounded and realize we are only two games in and still have 25 to go in order to remain No. 1 after the first weekend in December.”

CSU (2-0) moved past Grand Valley State, which is 1-0-1. The Lakers tied 1-1 with California State Pomona on Sunday.

Meanwhile, CSU opened its season with a 3-0 win over then-No. 18 North Alabama on Friday and 2-1 over Wingate on Sunday. Nicole Corcione scored in both matches for the Lady Cougars.

CSU travels to Florida for a pair of matches this weekend. The Lady Cougars play at Lynn on Friday in Boca Raton, Fla. They then face a national quarterfinal rematch with 12th0-ranked Barry on Sunday in Miami Shores, Fla.

CSU lost to Grand Valley State in last year’s national championship match.

Note: Corcione was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. Teammate Maylyn Parsons earned Goalkeeper of the Week.