AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has released women’s soccer preseason All-Conference team as voted on by the league’s head coaches. 12 members were named to the 2010 team due to a tie for the final spot at defender. Columbus State and GCSU each had three players named to the team while North Georgia and Armstrong Atlantic State had two each. Clayton State and UNC Pembroke also had one player on the squad.
Columbus State had one forward, one midfielder and one defender make the team. Senior forward Stephanie Parrish is the leading returning scorer for the Cougars, she was seventh in the PBC with 10 goals scored last year and also had five assists. Senior midfielder Kate Walton scored five goals, including a game-winner, and started all 22 games in 2009. Senior defender Laurel McKenzie was named first-team All-Conference last year and NSCAA first-team All-Region. She anchored a defense that allowed a league-low 0.63 goals per game and had a goal and an assist.
GCSU senior midfielder Ally Treat was named second-team All-Conference last year after starting all 21 games for the Bobcats. Treat had a goal and four assists, her goal the game-winner in a 1-0 decision over UNC Pembroke. Senior Jessica Binkowski was named both a PBC Goalkeeper of the Week and Player of the Week in 2009. Named second-team All-Conference as a defender, she led a defense that was third in the PBC with 0.71 goals allowed per game. Mary Rob Plunkett was named the first-team All-Conference goalkeeper in the PBC in 2009. A senior, Plunkett was tied for the league lead with a 0.59 GAA and in shutouts with five.
Kelsey Martin was named the 2009 PBC Freshman of the Year for North Georgia in addition to her first-team All-Conference honor. The sophomore forward led the team and was tied for eighth in the Peach Belt with nine goals scored. She also had three assists. Senior defender Casey Smith was also named first-team All-Conference in the PBC last year and was second on the squad with six goals scored. She was also named NSCAA All-Region.
Armstrong Atlantic State midfielder Morgan Mitchell started 22 matches last year as a freshman and was named first-team All-Conference and second team All-Region. Mitchell was second on the team and fifth in the Peach Belt with 12 goals scored. She also had seven assists, sixth-most in the league. Senior defender Carey Patterson was named first-team All-Conference in 2009. She led a defense that allowed 1.14 goals per game, fourth-lowest in the Peach Belt, and scored her first career goal in the PBC Tournament championship game against Montevallo.
Clayton State sophomore forward Cherie Sayon is the leading returning goal scorer in the Peach Belt Conference in 2010 after finishing second in the category with 14 goals in 2009. Sayon was named first-team All-Conference and third-team All-Region. UNC Pembroke sophomore forward Anna Svensson was named second-team All-Conference and second-team All-Region by Daktronics in 2009. She led the team and was third in the Peach Belt with 13 goals scored last year, she also had three assists.
2010 Peach Belt
Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team
Kelsey Martin, North Georgia
Stephanie Parrish, Columbus State
Cherie Sayon, Clayton State
Anna Svensson, UNC Pembroke
Morgan Mitchell, Armstrong Atlantic State
Kate Walton, Columbus State
Ally Treat, GCSU
Jessica Binkowski, GCSU
Laurel McKenzie, Columbus State
Carey Patterson, Armstrong Atlantic State
Casey Smith, North Georgia
Mary Rob Plunkett, GCSU