MARTINEZ, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) office announced the Preseason Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll Monday, with Georgia College & State University taking fifth.
Bobcat soccer has a mix of new and old in 2010, as Georgia College welcomes new head coach Hope Clark. Back are eight starters from a year ago, including five former All-PBC selections. Goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett became the first All-American in program history in 2009, and returns to mind the net for her senior season. The Bobcats went 10-6-5 with a 5-1-4 PBC mark last year, taking third in the Peach Belt and advancing to the conference final four for the third straight season.
Defending PBC Champion Columbus State University earned the top spot in the poll, with Armstrong Atlantic in second. North Georgia was third, with Lander University coming in one slot before the Bobcats. Georgia College earned one third-place vote and four nods for fourth.
Bobcat soccer kicks off the regular season Friday, Sept. 3 at noon facing Florida Southern College at the Little Feet South Florida Shootout in Boca Raton, Fla.
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