MARTINEZ, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) recently released the first PBC Women's Soccer All-Academic Teams, with nine members of the Georgia College & State University soccer team being named to the three squads. The nine marks the most by any PBC program to make the three teams.
Earning first team honors was senior midfielder Beth Coughlin (Douglasville, Ga.), junior forward Jamie Nevin (Grovetown, Ga.) and sophomore midfielder Ally Treat (Fayetteville, Ga.). Sophomores Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.), Jessica Binkowski (Cumming, Ga.) and Kelli McLane (Lawrenceville, Ga.); as well as junior Lyric Burnett (Douglasville, Ga.) and senior Jeni Day (Marietta, Ga.) all earned spots on the second team, with senior Hayley Ferrell (Hampton, Ga.) taking a third team spot.
Nevin leads the way with a 3.91 GPA in math, with Coughlin (3.82 in nursing) earning the program's first Academic All-American trophy a year ago. Binkowski's 3.89 in biology earned her third team All-District this season.
Joining her with success in biology was Treat at 3.83. McLane owns 3.77 in psychology, Day a 3.76 in health education and Plunkett a 3.70 in business. Burnett and Ferrell are both mass communication majors, earning a 3.52 and 3.37, respectively.
All nine were key members of the 2008 Bobcat soccer team, with Ferrell earning NSCAA All-Region honors as well as an All-PBC trophy. Joining her with All-PBC honors were Treat and Plunkett.
The team was also recently honored by the NSCAA with a team academic award for the 2007-08 season thanks to their 3.52 GPA as a team for that school year. The Bobcats were 14th of 262 schools, and were the seventh-best among Division II programs.
The three teams are the first in a new season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Sports Information Directors from around the conference oversee and select the teams.
This season the Bobcats enjoyed the best campaign in school history, setting school marks for wins (13) and goals against (10) while getting a league-high seven players on the All-PBC teams. Making their first trip to the NCAA Tournament, Georgia College also earned the first national ranking in school history, reaching as high as No. 19 as well as the best region rank (4) and conference finish (3) in the school's five years of varsity soccer.
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. Those interested in nominating former Georgia College student-athletes for the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame can find the nomination form on the web site as well.