COLUMBUS, Ga. - The calling card of the No. 21 Georgia College & State University soccer team (12-1-4, 5-1-2 PBC) has been its defense, and despite facing No. 4 Columbus State University (16-3-1, 7-0-1 PBC) the output remained the same, as the Bobcats picked up their 12th shutout of the season in a 0-0 tie.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) out-did her counterpart, Monica Sanchez, saving eight shots to Sanchez' three. The shutout was Plunkett's seventh of the year, a Bobcat single-season record.
The tie wraps up a regular season that has been a record-breaking one for head coach Juan Pablo Favero and the Bobcats. The team picked up their first national ranking in the NSCAA Poll, earned their highest spots in program history in both region polls (third in the NSCAA and fifth in the NCAA, respectively), picked up the most Peach Belt Conference (PBC) wins (5), the best finish in the PBC standings (third), and the most shutouts in a season (12).
The Bobcats will be the third seed in the PBC Playoffs, the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Georgia College opens up the first round of the conference tournament at home, Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., hosting No. 6-seed Lander University (6-8-1, 2-5-1 PBC). The Bobcats beat the Bearcats 1-0 at home in October, this season's only meeting.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia College 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.