August 22, 2011

Lady Saints Picked to Finish 3rd in PBC Preseason Poll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

AUGUSTA, GA – For the second straight year, the North Georgia women's soccer team has been picked to finish third in the Peach Belt Conference according to a poll of the league's head coaches released on Monday afternoon.

For the first time in history, the Armstrong Atlantic State Pirates have been picked as the preseason favorite to capture the regular season championship, while Columbus State finished second, just two points off the pace.

Picked third in consecutive seasons, the Lady Saints received a pair of first place votes, one second place nod, three third place votes, one fourth place vote, and three fifth place for 78 total points.

North Georgia is also coming off their most successful season ever at 14-5-1, setting a school record for wins in the NCAA era.  The Lady Saints also made their first appearance in the PBC Tournament championship game after upsetting 8th-ranked Armstrong in the semifinals. 

Six starters and 15 letterwinners return for 2011 including junior forward Kelsey Martin who was the 2009 PBC Freshman of the Year and in 2010 was in the PBC's top 10 in goals and points.  Senior midfielder Natalie Douglass also returns after scoring seven goals a year ago.  Both players were named preseason All-Conference.

The Lady Saints begin their regular season slate on September 2, playing host to Lees-McRae College at the Soccer Complex at 4:00 p.m. North Georgia will play a full 16-game schedule before the Peach Belt Conference Tournament begins with quarterfinal matches on campus Nov. 1, with the final four teams returning to Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., Nov. 4 and 6.

The full coaches' poll is below.  Teams were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine for a second and so on.  Coaches were not permitted to rank their own teams.

2010 PEACH BELT CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

Total

1. Armstrong Atlantic State 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 95
2. Columbus State 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 93
3. North Georgia 2 1 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 78
4. UNC Pembroke 0 0 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 76
5. Lander 0 0 0 2 3 4 1 0 0 0 56
6. Georgia College 0 0 0 2 4 3 0 0 1 0 55
7. Montevallo 0 0 0 3 0 3 3 0 0 1 49
t8. Clayton State 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 6 1 0 36
t8. Flagler 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 0 0 36
10. USC Aiken 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4 17
11. Georgia Southwestern 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 14