MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University soccer team and head coach Juan Pablo Favero have announced their five-member recruiting class for the upcoming season, adding four players from the Peach State and one from Canada.
"Although not a large class in terms of quantity, we are very excited in the quality of this class, which matters more," said Favero. "All of these ladies have played at a very high level club and/or High school soccer and have benefited from good coaching to help prepare them for the challenges of college soccer. They are also very versatile which will only give us more depth in every area of the field."
Megan Drish - 5-8 - MF/F - Conyers, Ga.
Competed for Heritage High in Conyers where she was coached by Chad Suddeth ... A four-year varsity member, she scored 42 goals and assisted on 34 others ... She was named the team's top offensive player for both her junior and senior seasons, scoring 16 times with seven assists as a senior and putting in nine goals with 13 assists during her junior year ... Also competed in track and field as a mid-distance runner ... Played club ball with Concorde Fire South 90 Black U18 under Cedric Marshall and Brian Moore along with fellow recruits Megan McAlpin and Tawny Moffat ... Her team was ranked fifth in the state and won the State Cup in 2007 ... Plans to major in elementary education at Georgia College.
Leah Frazer - 5-5 - MF/D - Mississauga,
The first international recruit in program history, Frazer started for the Lorne Park Secondary School squad in her junior and senior seasons, coached by both Julie Hunt-Gibbons and Wesley MacNamara ... Also competed in basketball, rugby, volleyball and track and field ... Competed for both the North Mississauga and Erin Mills Soccer Clubs ... Selected to OYSL All-Star Team in 2007 ... Plans on majoring in business or pre-law at GCSU.
Megan McAlpin - 5-6 - MF/F - Newnan, Ga.
Competed for Newnan High under head coach Aaron Buck ... Newnan also produced senior Bobcat goalkeeper Kristen Moore ... Named to both the All-Region and All-County teams in 2008 ... Selected to the Times-Herald All-Coweta County Team and the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Fayette-Coweta County Team in 2006 ... Named to GHSA Region 4-AAAAA Team in 2006 ... Emassed 89 goals and 57 assists over her four seasons, including 30 goals and 17 helps in 2008 ... Competed in club soccer for 2007 State Cup Champs Concorde Fire South under Cedric Marshall and Brian Moore with fellow Bobcat recruits Megan Drish and Tawny Moffat ... Plans on majoring in education at Georgia College.
Tawny Moffat - 5-3 - D - Peachtree City,
Lettered for three seasons at McIntosh High in Peachtree City under head coach Marcia Clark ... Named All-County twice and was selected for the Senior All-Star Game ... Named team's most valuable defensive player for her last three seasons ... Played for the Concorde Fire South squad under Cedric Marshall and Brian Moore with fellow recruits Megan Drish and Megan McAlpin ... Won the State Cup in 2007 ... Plans to major in nursing at GCSU.
Caitlin Smith - 5-4 - MF - Augusta, Ga.
Four-year varsity starter for Aquinas High in Augusta under head coach Tommy Garcia ... Squad was a three-time region champ, making it to the second round of the state championships three times as well ... Scored over 60 goals with over 40 assists in her career ... Also competed in swimming ... Most recently played club ball with the GSA Phoenix Red under head coach Judson Hamby, reaching the State Cup Finals in the last two seasons ... Plans to major in physical therapy and sports medicine at GCSU.
"As I have worked in the process with these five young ladies, it has been made clear to me that they are not only committed soccer players, but just as importantly they are committed to their academic performance as well," added Favero.
The newcomers are added to 22 returners from last year's 13-5 squad. 2007 was a breakthrough season for the Bobcats, the most successful in the program's four-year history. The team shattered the school mark for wins (13) and junior forward Hayley Ferrell (Hampton, Ga.) set the individual season marks for goals (16) and points (34). Jamie Nevin (Grovetown, Ga.), Ferrell and Morgan Cobb (Cataula, Ga.) all earned All-PBC Team selections for their efforts. The team also scored the most goals (46) and gave up the fewest (17) in school history, while Cobb became the first all-region performer for the Bobcats.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs over three seasons. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.