>by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Senior Morgan Cobb (Cataula, Ga.) of the Georgia College & State University soccer team (10-5-5, 5-1-4 PBC) was chosen as the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Defender of the Week as announced yesterday (Nov. 3) by the conference office.
Cobb led the Bobcat defense to a win and a tie as they captured the fourth seed and a first-round home game. She helped hold USC Aiken to one shot in overtime as Georgia College took a 2-1 win over the Pacers, then played all 110 minutes, holding the University of Montevallo's Natalie Martineau to two shots as the Bobcats forced a 1-1 tie. Montevallo got off only one shot in the two overtimes combined. The Bobcat defense is currently second in the PBC in goals allowed average.
This is Cobb first such honor for the 2009 campaign. Last season she was a three-time Peach Belt Player of the Week and an All-PBC First Team pick.
Cobb is the fourth Bobcat this season to be selected for this kind of award. Junior Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) has been named Goalkeeper of the Week four times, while classmate Jessica Binkowski (Cumming, Ga.) took weekly honors twice, first as a keeper and then as a defender. Sophomore Tawny Moffat (Peachtree City, Ga.) was also chosen for her defensive efforts.
After a 2-1 win over North Georgia last night in the first round the PBC Tournament, Georgia College advances to face Montevallo again Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Evans, Ga.
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