EVANS, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced its post-season awards today (Nov. 7) with a school-record seven from the No. 19 Georgia College & State University (13-1-4) soccer team making the two squads.
Junior Morgan Cobb (Cataula, Ga.) and freshman Karen Bonilla (Manassas, Va.) each earned All-PBC First Team honors, while senior Hayley Ferrell (Hampton, Ga.), sophomores Ally Treat (Fayetteville, Ga.), Kayla Emerson (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jessica Binkowksi (Cumming, Ga.) and Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) all earned second-team nods. The seven on the two teams is the most among the PBC squads.
Cobb picks up her second career all-conference trophy after being named as an All-PBC defender last season. She and the rookie Bonilla played key roles in Georgia College becoming the best defensive squad in the league. The team's .913 save percentage is tops in all of Division II, while the team's 0.335 GAA ranks fourth in the nation. Bonilla added a goal and three assists, while Cobb chipped in with a pair of helps.
Ferrell ranked fifth in the PBC in points (26) and goals (10), as well as sixth in the league in assists (6). She becomes the first three-time All-PBC selection in program history, adding honors in 2007 and 2005. Emerson added five goals and four assists for 14 points as a forward.
Treat, Binkowski and Plunkett were all defensive standouts, Treat in the midfield, Binkowski on the defensive line, and Plunkett as goalkeeper. Treat helped the defense while adding two goals and an assist, while Binkowski utilized her speed on the back line.
Plunkett recorded some of the best goalkeeping numbers in the nation, ranking second in saves percentage (.912) and fifth in GAA (0.31), recording nine shutouts and 61 saves.
These seven and the rest of the Bobcat roster look to avenge their only loss of the 2008 season tonight at 5:30 p.m., squaring off with No. 10 UNC Pembroke (17-1-1) at the PBC Semifinals in Evans, Ga. Listen live on 88.9 WGUR or www.gcsuradio.com.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. 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.