November 19, 2012

Taliaferro Earns Daktronics All-Region First Team Honors, Lee and Penston Named to Second Team

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team has enjoyed a great run of success the past four seasons that has seen the program achieve a record of 55-18-6. Three of the players who have helped the program achieve that record, Cicely Taliaferro, Taylor Lee and Kelly Penston, were recognized Monday as members of the 2012 Daktronics All-Southeast Region teams.

Taliaferro was named a first team selection and is up for consideration for All-Amerca honors while Lee and Penston were named to the second team. 

In total, 14 players from the Peach Belt Conference were named as either first or second team nominations with Armstrong Atlantic State University's Morgan Mitchell earning Southeast Region Player of the Year honors. Columbus State University had the most players named to the two squads with six – four first team and two second team selections.

Taliaferro is a sophomore midfielder who started all 22 games for the Saints this season.  She finished the year tied for third on the team with nine goals that, when coupled with four assists, gave her 22 points which was good enough for fourth on the team. 

An All-Peach Belt Conference Second Team selection this season, Taliaferro scored the game-winner in the Saints' season finale against USC Aiken. For the season, she took 41 shots with 27 being on goal.

Lee, a graduating senior from McDonough, Ga., is a two-time Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament selection who led the team this season with 10 assists – good enough for second-most assists recorded in a single season in school history. It is the second season in a row that she has led the team in the category and her 17 career assists leaves her second all-time in school history for the category.

Earlier this month, Lee was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 3 team and is also a two-time PBC All-Academic selection. 

Penston joins former women's soccer great Casey Smith as the only two players in North Georgia's NCAA era to earn multiple all-region plaudits as she was also named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Southeast Region Second Team. Smith was a three-time all-region selection. 

A redshirt junior from Suwanne, Ga., Penston is a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference selection, including being named to the first team in 2012. She was also named to the PBC's Preseason All-Conference team prior to this season.

In her four years with the program, Penston has ascended to second all-time in school history with 58 points and 24 goals. She is just 12 points shy of first place and needs just six goals to tie first place in that category. Her 12 goals this season is also tied for second all-time while her 28 points is the third-best point total in a single season.


2012 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Team

First Team

Pos     Name                   School                  Yr            Hometown                       

GK       Mary Mancin          Columbus State     Sr.            Gainesville, Ga.

F         Morgan Mitchell      Armstrong             Sr.            Lilburn, Ga.

F         Jade Montgomery   Wingate                 So.           Monroe, N.C.

F         Amalia Arvidsson    UNC Pembroke       So.           Boras, Sweden

F         Leah Mullins           Lenoir-Rhyne         Fr.            Kissimmee, Fla.

MF      Stephanie Lowery   Columbus State     Sr.            Sandy, Utah

MF      Nadima Skeff          Armstrong             Sr.            Brasilia, Brazil

MF      Gabrielle Brodie       Newberry              So.            Rolleston, New Zealand

MF      Cicely Taliaferro   North Georgia    So.           Marietta, Ga.

D        Emily Cattanach      Armstrong            Sr.            Ft. Myers, Fla.

D        Kansas Bayly           Columbus State    Jr.             Lilburn, Ga.

D        Kayla Brown            Columbus State    Sr.            Lawrenceville, Ga.

D        Brianna Belsky        Lenoir-Rhyne        Fr.             Egg Harbour Township, N.J.


Second Team

Pos     Name                    School              Yr            Hometown                       

GK       Caitlyn Scruggs      Lenoir-Rhyne      Sr.           Torrance, Calif.

F         Tramicka James      Tusculum           Sr.           Wilson, Fla.

F         Kelly Penston       North Georgia Jr.            Suwanee, Ga.

F         Natalia Valentine     Clayton State    Sr.            Bocksburg, South Africa

F         Gabriela Reid           Limestone         So.           Birmingham, England

MF      Hanna Keibel           Lenoir-Rhyne     So.           Parker, Colo.

MF      Carley Griffin           Lenoir-Rhyne     Sr.            Fresno, Calif.

MF      Kaitlyn Kerrigan      Lees-McRae        Jr.            Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

MF      Catherine Lovin      Columbus State  Sr.            Griffin, Ga.

D        Taylor Lee            North Georgia   Sr.          McDonough, Ga.

D        Kelly Moldenhauer  Wingate               Sr.          Mint Hill, N.C.

D        Shelby Rolling        Columbus State    Fr.          Stayner, Ontario

D        Amber Madriaga     Lenoir-Rhyne       Fr.           Wailuku, Hawai'i


Southeast Region Player of the Year:  Armstrong senior forward Morgan Mitchell (Lilburn, Ga.)