For the first time in school history, the third-ranked Lady Cougars of Columbus State University are headed to the NCAA Division II Soccer Championship. The Lady Cougars, including junior defensive player Lindsey Law of Thomaston, will take on East Region champion and fifth-ranked Bridgeport on Dec. 3 in the national semi-finals, to be played at Ashton Brosnahan Soccer Stadium at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla.
Lindsey is the daughter of Larry and Becky Law of Thomaston. She was a four-year soccer player under Coach Jamie Joiner at Upson Lee High School. Her freshman year, the Lady Knights reached the state tournament quarterfinal. Law was named the team Most Valuable Player in her freshman, junior and senior seasons, and was a Team Captain all four years. She was named First Team All-Region her freshman year and Second Team All-region in her junior and senior years. She was also named The Thomaston Times’ Athlete of the Year in her junior season.
Law graduated from Upson Lee in 2012. She has come on strong on the field in her sophomore and junior years. Columbus State, located in Columbus, Ga., plays in the Peach Belt Conference, and they almost swept the Conference this year with a 10-0-1 record. They defeated North Georgia College 3-2 to win the conference title on Nov. 8.
This was the Lady Cougars’ 10th straight NCAA Tournament Bid. Playing in the Southeastern Region, they defeated 16th ranked North Georgia for the second time in a row on Nov. 15, 2-1, winning their second consecutive Southeast Region title, and fourth region title. They then beat 13th ranked Carson Newman 4-1 on Nov. 20, and 4th ranked Barry 2-0 on Nov. 22 to advance to the Final Four. They face Bridgeport on Dec. 3. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the Western Washington versus Grand Valley State semi-final game on Dec. 5 in Pensacola for the title. Grand Valley State won the title last year and is hoping to return to the finals again this season.
Law is also making the most of her time in the classroom. Majoring in Exercise Science, she was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll her freshman year, and to the Peach Belt Conference All-American Academic Team her sophomore and junior years.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.