November 4, 2011

Men's Soccer Places Two on PBC All-Conference Team

Contact: Joey Daniels,

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference announced their yearly honors Friday afternoon with the North Georgia men's soccer team having two players earn All-Conference honors.

Jesy Phelps and Rade Tanaskovic both earned Peach Belt Second-Team All-Conference honors for their stellar seasons. Both players were instrumental to the success of the Saints this season and North Georgia would most likely not have been in the position they were without these two.

Tanaskovic is no stranger to the All-Conference team, earning himself First-Team All-Conference honors last season. Tanaskovic finished 4-2 in conference this year and tallied 23 saves in his final season at North Georgia.

Known as the "Serbian Tiger," Tanaskovic was named PBC Pre-season All-Conference the past three seasons and this is his third appearance on the PBC All-Conference Team. He missed some time this season due to injury but returned to form late in the year.

Tanaskovic finished the season with a 1.57 goals against average and 52 saves. He also finished the year with two shutouts. His best game came against Lander when Tanaskovic shutout the second place Bearcats in a 3-0 win.

This is Phelps' first time on the Peach Belt All-Conference Team. The junior was outstanding all season long in the midfield before moving to defense. The statistics aren't amazing for the native of Charleston, South Carolina, but his presence was always felt.

Phelps finished with two goals and two assists including a game-winner against Alabama-Huntsville. He started in 15 of 16 games this season for head coach Pat Parris. Phelps stepped in to a defensive role down the stretch of the season and filled the role beautifully. He will return for his senior campaign next year, something coach Parris has to be pleased with.

North Georgia finished 9-7-1 and 5-3 in the Peach Belt Conference. A loss to Clayton State in the first round ended the Saints season, but there is plenty to look forward to next season. Coach Parris should only lose three starters from a team that played its best soccer at the end of the season barring any surprising events.

Before the loss to the Lakers, the Saints had won three straight games in conference outscoring their opponents 7-1. A formation change and roster adjustment had North Georgia looking like one of the better teams in the Peach Belt.

North Georgia will finish the season ranked in the top 10 in the Southeast region and will have a good a chance as any in 2012 to win the Peach Belt Conference Championship.