MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College soccer squad and head coach Hope Clark take to the field in less than a month, and will have 12 new faces on the roster.
The Bobcats have added 12 new players, 11 from the Peach state and one from Florida.
Jessica Catapano (Alpharetta, Ga.) joins the Bobcats from Chattahoochee High in Johns Creek, Ga. where she played for head coach Vince Strine. Catapano picked up the Cougar Award and Academic Athlete Award at Chattahoochee. She plans to major in psychology.
Coach Clark: "Jessica is a very athletic and agile goalkeeper. She has strong communication skills and is explosive off her line."
Alex Giles (Dacula, Ga.) comes to Georgia College from Mill Creek High in Hoschton, Ga. where she played for head coach Brent Leitsch. The team captain was a Senior of Merit and Honor Graduate. Giles played her club ball at United Futbol Academy in Cumming, Ga. under head coach Jerome Samuels.
Coach Clark: "Alex is a versatile player who is very athletic, with great instincts. She will bring speed and strength to the field in multiple positions."
All-Region Honoree Emily Wilhelm (Suwanee, Ga.) joins the Bobcats from Lambert High where she played for Scott Luthart. Wilhelm played her club ball for the Atlanta Fire United under head coach Mark Mackain. She plans to major in nursing.
Coach Clark: "Emily will bring strength, size, and a strong 1v1 defending ability to our backline. She is hard working and very coachable. Emily and (current Bobcat) Jordan Harman are former high school teammates from Lambert."
Cayce Hamilton (Johns Creek, Ga.) owns an impressive resume in scoring at Pinecrest Academy, setting the school record for most goals in a season with 25. Playing for head coach Robby Kinard, she was named 1AAA All-Region. Hamilton plans to major in political science. Hamilton played club for Atlanta Fire United under coach Mark Mackain.
Coach Clark: "Cayce is a very hard working central midfielder who brings a go-to-goal mentality. She is quick, physically strong, and extremely coachable. Cayce's positive attitude and work rate will help her challenge for time in a very tough group of central midfielders."
Geena Montes (Roswell, Ga.) comes from Blessed Trinity Catholic High, where she played for head coach Gilbert Jean-Baptiste. She was a member of the two-time Region Champions, finishing State Runner-Up in each of the last two seasons. Montes plans to major in marketing.
Coach Clark: "Geena is a very talented and skillful player. Geena is club teammates with Liz Franco and Alex Giles; we look for their comfort and consistency of playing with one another to show on the field next fall. Geena will compete for playing time at both the midfield and forward roles.
Kacey McInerney (Loveland, Colo.) played her high school soccer at West Forsyth High in Cumming, Ga. under head coach Peter Valentino. The All-County honoree comes in with one year of experience at Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody, Ga. where she picked up All-Region honors as a freshman. McInerney plans to major in management.
Coach Clark: "Kacey was a force at GPC scoring 21 goals in her freshman campaign. She has great field vision, accurate distribution, and a powerful shot. We look for Kacey to improve our scoring and bring her strong soccer knowledge to the playing field."
Cedartown High grad Devin Mueller (Cedartown, Ga.) played for head coach Sam Noland, and was an All-County Honoree as a junior. She also played club soccer at the Southern Soccer Academy in Marietta, Ga. Coached there by Ben Parks, SSA Chelsea were back-to-back winners of the U18 State Cup.
Coach Clark: "Devin brings a great attitude and is willing to work hard for the program. We look for Devin to develop in the central midfield position."
Liz Franco (Roswell, Ga.) joins the Bobcats from Roswell High, where she played for head coach Samantha Jones. Franco was chosen to the All-Region squad in 2012, adding offense and overall team MVP honors. She played club soccer for the United Futbol Academy under head coach Jerome Samuels, and was team captain. Franco plans to major in biology.
Coach Clark: "Liz is quick and very skilled on the ball. She has a go-to-goal mentality, great field vision and is crafty. We look for Liz to challenge for time in her freshman year at both the forward and midfield roles."
Allyease Schwartz (Roswell, Ga.) comes to Georgia College having played high school soccer at Blessed Trinity Catholic High for head coach Gilbert Jean-Baptiste. Schwartz was chosen Defender of the Year twice, and was an All-Area First Team pick for three straight seasons. She played her club soccer at NASA in Marietta, Ga. under head coach Eric Ritter.
Coach Clark: "Allyease is an extremely fast and quick defender. She is tenacious and deceiving and comes from strong soccer programs. We expect her to compete for playing time on our backline in her freshman campaign."
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sol Baldassini (Miami, Fla.) played high school soccer at Immaculata La Salle High in Miami under head coach Thomas Krupolsky. Baldassini was named the Varsity Girls Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year. She plans to major in accounting.
Coach Clark: "Sol is an extremely talented, knowledgeable, and skilled defensive central midfielder. She is attacking-minded and comes from a strong soccer background both personally and in her club playing. Her club team, Pinecrest Premier, is the top team in Florida and we look for her experience and skill to help strengthen our midfield."
Kennesaw, Ga. native Rachel Overley played high school soccer at North Cobb High under head coach Jesse Bowles. A two-time team captain, Overley was the squad's offensive MVP three seasons. She is a top-10 scorer in North Cobb history, and adds All-County Second Team honors. Overley was named Marietta Daily Journal Athlete of the Week as well.
Coach Clark: "She comes from a strong club program and brings tremendous speed and physical play to the field. Rachel brings an attacking style to our back line and will compete for a position in her freshman year."
Lillian Stamps (Decatur, Ga.) is a Lakeside High grad, playing for head coach Shane Mullen. Stamps was named captain for her senior season, a four-time letterwinner. She played her club soccer for Inter-Atlanta FC 95 Blue under head coach Brian Stoddart, helping the squad to a Savannah Cup Championship and No. 8 ranking in the State. Stamps plans to major in biology.
Coach Clark: "Lilly brings great athleticism to the playing field. We look for Lilly to strengthen our defensive line through her strong work rate and work ethic."
The Bobcats start their 2013 campaign, the 10th anniversary of the Georgia College soccer program, at Barry University Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. The home opener for GC soccer is day one of the Bobcat Shootout Tournament, Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. against Pfeiffer University.
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