Last weekend, the CSU women’s soccer team beat West Florida on the road in double overtime and punched their ticket into the NCAA Final Four.
And since then, this team has been working non-stop in preparation for Kansas City.
It’s not easy to win a national championship ring, just ask the Columbus State soccer team. last year, for the first time in school history, the Lady Cougars made it to the championship game. And that has ignited a flame in this group… and players like Hugrun Elvarsdottir say they want more.
“We’re ready, we’ve been working hard. I think we’re just all waiting for this moment for the whole year,” she says.
Senior midfielder Mandy Janowitz said beating West Florida in overtime last week really made it all set in for them.
“I think it made us realize that from now on there are no easy games. And from here on out we have to just give everything every time we play a game and step out on the field. Because people are going to be coming for us and they know what we can do. We’re going to have to work extra hard,” says Janowitz.
She’s 100% right… this Thursday, the team will travel to Kansas City, Missouri to take on 2nd ranked Grand Valley State. A team they are very familiar with… A team that cost them the title last year.
“We’re looking to end their season, not have them end ours. but I’m really excited about the rematch. I think that we’ve been preparing well these past couple of days. So I think we have a really good chance to win. We’re going to give them everything we have,” says Nicole Corcione.
Grand Valley has only lost one game all season… But head coach Jay Entlich says they now know what to expect, and this year they’re prepared.
“I think this team has a different persona. We’re never happy just to be somewhere. I think that’s the beauty of this team. we’re not going to be satisfied unless we come back with a national championship,” says Entlich.