Bobcat Soccer Claws Way into Region Poll

by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant

MARTINEZ, Ga.- The Georgia College & State University soccer team (2-0-1) landed the sixth slot in the NSCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll as announced yesterday, Sept. 9 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

"We are honored to be recognized in the regional poll and it definitely serves as reinforcement that we are on the right track, " said head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "We still have a lot of work to do however and a very tough week ahead of us, so we will continue to work hard at improving on our defensive shape as well as on our ability to create opportunities to score goals."

The Bobcats currently sit third in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) after strong defensive showings this season against Belmont Abbey College, Tusculum College and Limestone College. Junior Morgan Cobb (Cataula, Ga.) was named the PBC Defensive Player of the Week after the 0-0 double overtime tie with Belmont Abbey. After the Tusculum and Limestone victories, Georgia College took home back-to-back PBC weekly honors when sophomores Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) and Ally Treat (Fayetteville, Ga.) were named goalkeeper and defensive player of the week, respectively.

Three other PBC teams were listed in the regional rankings yesterday. Columbus State University (3-1-0) took top honors, University of North Carolina at Pembroke (3-0-0) snagged the second spot and Armstrong Atlantic State University (2-1-0) slid into eighth.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Sept. 11 at Bobcat Field against the University of Montevallo with a 7 p.m. start time.

The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.