December 30, 2010

Smith and Abrahart Honored by Soccer Association

DAHLONEGA, GA – Following the most successful women's soccer season in program history, the scoring tandem of Casey Smith and Samantha Abrahart continues to receive accolades around the country for their record-breaking season in 2010.

Following Smith's All-American honors from Daktronics, the senior has been named First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American, her second All-American honor from the NSCAA in as many years. Abrahart was also awarded after her stellar freshman campaign, earning Third-Team honors as a member of the Southeast All-Region team.

Smith's 2010 season goes down as the best statistically in North Georgia history and one of the most productive in Peach Belt Conference history. She led the country with 18 assists, the second-most in league history as the senior set the all-time mark in the PBC for assists in a career with 44. The Stockbridge Ga., native will leave North Georgia has the most decorated player in school history, earning Peach Belt All-Conference honors three different times, All-Region honors in three consecutive years, and All-American in back-to-back seasons for two different publications.

Abrahart's offensive firepower came to the forefront in 2010 as the freshman scored 11 goals and tallied seven assists for 29 total points. She tallied multiple goals on three different occasions, including a pair of five-point performances, both coming against Peach Belt Conference rivals. Her All-Region honor follows her Second-Team nod as a member of the PBC All-Conference team in 2010. Abrahart was named the PBC Offensive Player of the Week on October 5, as North Georgia earned their first-ever national ranking.

The Lady Saints put together a 14-5-1 record overall and a 7-3 mark in the Peach Belt Conference in 2010. Head coach Chris Adams led North Georgia to their first-ever Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship game, falling 4-2 at the hands of 12th-ranked Columbus State. The Lady Saints set program records in 2010 for most wins with 14, consecutive wins with 11, while also capturing the first-ever postseason victory since entering the NCAA in 2005.