KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Georgia College & State University soccer team continues to make post-season noise, pulling in six slots on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region Scholar list.
Junior goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) headlines the list, taking first-team honors with a 3.59 GPA in general business. The Bobcats landed two players on the third team, as juniors Jessica Binkowski (Cumming, Ga.) and Ally Treat (Fayetteville, Ga.) were chosen. Binkowski has a 3.94 in biology, while Treat records a 3.86 in the same major. All three players were All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) each of the past two seasons, with Plunkett being chosen the first All-American in program history for this season's effort.
Selected to the Honorable Mention list were a trio of senior forwards in Kara Teresi (Tampa, Fla.), Lyric Burnett (Douglasville, Ga.) and Jamie Nevin (Grovetown, Ga.). Nevin's 3.93 in math is highest among the three, with Burnett and Teresi posting a 3.57 and 3.43, respectively.
"We are very proud yet again of all these girls and their complete commitment to excellence in every area of their lives," said Bobcat head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "Their academic achievement had earned them this tremendous honor and they are all great ambassadors of our team, and of Georgia College as a whole."
As a member of the first team in the region, Plunkett will move on to the national ballot.
Despite a difficult schedule, this was the third-straight double-digit win season for the Bobcats at 10-6-5. Georgia College continues to be one of the top teams in the conference, suffering just one loss in PBC play, and landing six players to the All-PBC teams this season, more than any other school. The Bobcats also took the most positions on the PBC All-Academic Team, getting nine players on that list.
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