AUGUSTA, GA – Senior All-American Casey Smith has been
named the Peach Belt Conference Defender of the Week announced
Tuesday afternoon from the league office.
Smith picks up her first weekly award of the year from the league office, and has now been awarded seven weekly honors in her career. She picked up an offensive and defensive honor during her sophomore campaign, before tallying four defensive awards last season, including back-to-back weeks on two different occasions.
She started the week with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory over Newberry College, scoring the game-winner in the 56th minute with a free kick straight into net for her first goal of the year. She then assisted in Samantha Abrahart's goal in the 65th minute, sending another perfect cross into the box for the freshman's fifth goal of the year.
The Stockbridge, Georgia, native then put together a hat trick full of assists in a 4-0 shutout over the University of Montevallo on Saturday evening, assisting in the final three goals of the game to give Smith eight assists on the year and 34 for her career. Her career assists mark leaves her just one short of tying the Peach Belt Conference's all-time mark, a record currently held by Armstrong Atlantic's Kristin Burton.
Smith has recorded all eight of her assists in the last four games where North Georgia has scored 17 goals and put together a four-game winning streak. She leads the league in assists, and sits seventh in the conference in points with 10. North Georgia leads the league in corner kicks, attempting 51 corners with Smith picking up five of her eight assists from the those corners.