August 20, 2010

Smith and Martin Tabbed as Preseason All-PBC

DAHLONEGA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has released the women’s soccer preseason All-Conference team as Casey Smith and Kelsey Martin were named to the squad voted on by the league’s head coaches.

A total of 12 members were named to the 2010 team due to a tie for the final spot at defender. Columbus State and GCSU each had three players named to the team while North Georgia and Armstrong Atlantic State had two each.  Clayton State and UNC Pembroke also had one player on the squad.

Casey Smith’s selection to the team comes as no surprise as the senior is one year removed from receiving All-American honors. Aside from her First-Team Peach Belt All-Conference selection last season, the Stockbridge, Ga., native was named First-Team All-Southeast Region by the National Soccer Coaches of America, and First-Team All-Region by Daktronics.

She was named the PBC Defensive Player of the Week on four different occasions last season, more than any other player in the league as the standout scored six goals and tallied nine assists for 21 total points.

Kelsey Martin picks up her first preseason All-Conference award after being named the Peach Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Year, the first player in North Georgia program history to earn the award.

She led the Lady Saints last season and was tied for seventh in the PBC with nine goals during the season; she was also tied for eighth in the league in points. The Dallas, Ga., native had three game-winning goals, including the lone score in a 1-0 upset of third-ranked Columbus State. She started in 11 games as a freshman and played in all 16 for the Lady Saints.

North Georgia has their sights set on their season opener at Lees-McRae on September 2, in Banner Elk, North Carolina. The Lady Saints will kick off at 4:00 p.m. in a quest for their first-ever Peach Belt Conference Regular Season and Tournament Titles and a birth in the NCAA Tournament.

2010 Peach Belt Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team

Kelsey Martin, North Georgia
Stephanie Parrish, Columbus State
Cherie Sayon, Clayton State
Anna Svensson, UNC Pembroke

Morgan Mitchell, Armstrong Atlantic State
Kate Walton, Columbus State
Ally Treat, GCSU
Jessica Binkowski, GCSU
Laurel McKenzie, Columbus State
Carey Patterson, Armstrong Atlantic State
Casey Smith, North Georgia

Mary Rob Plunkett, GCSU