by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 19 Georgia College & State University soccer team (13-1-4) jumped two spots in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Rankings and remains third in the Regional Rankings.
The Bobcats moved from 21st to 19th in the national poll and rest third in the Southeastern Regional standings as announced yesterday, Nov. 4. The move came after Georgia College posted two shutouts last week against North Georgia and Columbus State University, who dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 this week in the national rankings.
The Bobcats have 13 shutouts this season after eliminating Lander University 2-0 last night in the Peach Belt Conference quarterfinals. They lead the PBC with only six goals allowed this season and a team GAA of 0.34.
Other PBC teams receiving ranking recognition include Columbus State and UNC Pembroke. Columbus State claimed top honors in the Southeastern Regional Poll and slid to the No. 5 slot in the national standings. UNC-Pembroke sits second in the region and fell one spot to 10th in the nation.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Nov. 7 in Evans, Ga. at Blachard Woods Park as they take on UNC Pembroke, the No. 2-seed team in the PBC Tournament. During regular season play, the Lady Braves gave Georgia College its only loss of the season 1-0. Kick-off begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday for the semifinals of the conference tournament.
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.