by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced its 2009 Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team Wednesday (Aug. 19) with a trio of Georgia College & State University Bobcats receiving honors.
Georgia College and Columbus State University lead the team with three selections each with the Bobcats' Ally Treat (Fayetteville, Ga.), Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) and Morgan Cobb (Cataula, Ga.) making the team.
Cobb is the school's first two-time preseason all-conference team selection and was named All-PBC as a defender in 2008, helping to lead GCSU to a league-low 10 goals allowed and 0.48 GAA. Likewise, 2008 All-PBC goalkeeper Plunkett was instrumental in the Bobcats' success last year. The junior keeper led the PBC with a 0.47 GAA and in save percentage at .886. She also recorded nine shutouts in net. As a junior, Treat scored twice with two assists and was also named to the 2008 All-PBC squad.
The Bobcats look to capitalize off last year's success as they made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first team in program history. The Bobcats also were recently picked second in the preseason coaches poll, the best such poll slot in school history.
Georgia College will kick the regular season off Friday Aug. 28 against Queens (N.C.) College in the 2009 Pirate Shootout hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State University at 3 p.m.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, 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. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.