AUGUSTA, GA – With the 2013 season just a few weeks away, the Peach Belt Conference has released the women's soccer preseason All-Conference team as selected by the league's head coaches. Eleven players were named to the team representing six PBC schools. North Georgia led the way with three selections while Armstrong, Georgia College and UNC Pembroke had two each. Montevallo and Clayton State also had players on the team.
North Georgia senior midfielder Kelly Penston was named first-team All-Conference for the second consecutive year in 2012 after leading the Nighthawks with 12 goals. That was the third-highest total in the PBC last season for the senior from Suwanee, Ga. She was also fourth in the league in points.
Cicely Taliaferro started all 22 games for North Georgia last season and was named second-team All-Conference in the midfield. A returning junior from Marietta, Ga., the team captain was tied for third on the squad with nine goals scored. She was also fourth on the team and 10th in the league with 22 points.
Megan Morrow has been starting in the defensive center at North Georgia for the past two years, guiding the team to a 1.16 goals against average last year, third-best in the PBC. A 2011 All-Conference selection, the junior from Snellville, Ga., had two goals and two assists last season from the defense.
Andye Dawson was a big part of the Armstrong team that was ranked #1 in the nation last season. A senior from Senoia, Ga., she was named second-team All-Conference in the midfield and a Capitol One Academic All-American. Dawson scored five goals with three assists last season, including the lone goal in a 1-0 win over #4 Columbus State.
Armstrong's Taylor Russell was named second-team All-Conference after starting 21 games as the central defender for the Pirates. The sophomore from Marietta, Ga., led the Pirate defense to a 0.72 goals against average, second-best in the PBC. She also scored a pair of goals from the defense.
Georgia College forward Ashley Veilleux was named first-team All-Conference last year after leading the team with nine goals and 22 points, both marks among the top 10 in the PBC. A two-time PBC Player of the Week last season, the junior from Monroe, Ga., was also named second-team All-Region.
Abby Dalton was seventh in the Peach Belt last year with seven assists. That was the most on the Georgia College team and went with her three goals for 13 points. A junior from Macon, Ga., the forward led the team with 74 shots and scored the game-winning goal against Saint Leo.
Rae-Shawna Campbell of UNC Pembroke was the other co-PBC Freshman of the Year in 2012. A second-team All-Conference selection, she was named third-team All-Region by the NSCAA. A sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., she led the team and was ranked sixth in the PBC with 10 goals scored. She was seventh in the league with 24 points.
UNC Pembroke goalkeeper Britney Bennett was ranked among the PBC's top three in shutouts, saves and minutes played. A senior from Seminole, Fla., she was fifth in the conference in save percentage. A two-time All-Conference selection, she is currently fifth on the PBC's career saves list.
Montevallo's Jade Pennock was a co-PBC Freshman of the Year in 2012 and named second-team All-Conference and third-team All-Region by the NSCAA. A sophomore from Pontefract, England, she started in 18 matches for the Falcons and led the team with five goals and 14 points.
Clayton State's Alicia Robinson played in 17 matches in the midfield for the Lakers and was named first-team All-Conference and All-Region. A senior from Telford, England, she scored three goals and added two assists while part of a defense that was fourth in the PBC with a 1.26 goals allowed average.
2013 Peach Belt Conference Women's Soccer
Preseason All-Conference Team
Britney Bennett, UNC Pembroke
Rae-Shawna Campbell, UNC Pembroke
Abby Dalton, Georgia College
Andye Dawson, Armstrong
Megan Morrow, North Georgia
Jade Pennock, Montevallo
Kelly Penston, North Georgia
Alicia Robinson, Clayton State
Taylor Russell, Armstrong
Cicely Taliaferro, North Georgia
Ashley Veilleux, Georgia College