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CSU soccer prepares for trip of a lifetime

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For the second time in eight years, members of the Columbus State women’s soccer team will get the experience of a lifetime.

The Lady Cougars are headed across the Atlantic Ocean to London, England, where they will spend a week experience culture in the United Kingdom.

“It’s awesome. We’ve been so fortunate and so blessed to have all the support of the community,” said redshirt sophomore Chelsea Person. “It’s really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it’s crazy that it’s finally here.”

Head coach Jay Entlich took his first group “across the pond” in 2010. He and graduate assistant coach Mary Mancin are the only two from that trip that will be going this year.

“I lived [in England] for a year, back in 1995, and had a great experience,” Entlich said. “I just wanted to be able to give back to the folks that I’m currently coaching, and again, we want to go on this trip every four years if we can make it possible.”

While there, along with visiting several of the region’s most historic tourist attractions, the Lady Cougars will play three matches: against Portsmouth Ladies Club, Aston Villa Ladies Football Club and the Milwall Lionesses, all of the Football Association Nationwide Premiere League.

Portsmouth won the league’s 2012 southern division champion.

“I don’t think we’re really intimidated,” said Person (pronounced PEER-son). “We always come out to play. We’re a competitive team, and anyone we play, we want to beat them. It doesn’t matter if they’re English, American, or whatever, we’re there to play and compete.”

Simply stepping on the pitch with these clubs is a huge moment for the players individually, and CSU as a program.

“You’re playing against these clubs that everyone knows across the world,” said junior center/back Casey Davis. “You get this amazing opportunity that not many people get to have in life. It’s amazing.”

“In the end, we want to win,” Entlich said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to put the right team out there to be successful, and tactically, make changes when necessary but play an attractive style of soccer.”

Entlich says in international soccer, going on the road and playing to a tie is a good outcome. Still, the team knows what a win would do to the program.

“Going over there and getting to compete a different way, just because they play a different style than us, and kind of getting to compare styles of play and being able to bring that back to the States would be awesome,” said junior forward Kelsey Pelletier.

The team and support staff will leave from Atlanta late Sunday night and arrive in London mid-morning local time on Monday. The trip will last seven days.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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