August 11, 2009

Bobcats Round out 2009 Soccer Recruits

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University soccer program and head coach Juan Pablo Favero have announced two more additions to the roster for the 2009 fall season, sending the newcomer class up to eight.

Incoming freshmen Olivia Holden and Amanda Veillon will add their talents to the 2009 Bobcat soccer roster.

"Besides their talents and abilities, these two young ladies add more of what we have wanted to address with our 2009 class: Depth and a winning mentality as they will make our midfield and back line a lot stronger and with more options for us to choose from," said Favero. "Their success and experience in their clubs and high school will also help them transition successfully into the college game."

Holden, a native of Fishers, Ind., graduated from Hamilton High, where she was coached by Greg Davidson. Named a Central Women's High School Soccer Players to Watch in 2008 by VYPE.com, Holden was selected ICGSA All-State twice on the second team. She also earned all-region and all-conference honors twice.

She also competed for the Dynamo F.C. '91 Red in 2008 and 2009, under head coach Lauren Martz, widely recognized as one of the top clubs in the nation. The squad was ISL League Champions in 2007, as well as PUMA Region III Semifinalists in 2008.

Veillon spent three seasons on the varsity squad at the highly-decorated Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga. Playing under head coach Judson Hamby, Veillon was a part of three state championships from 2007-09, marking the first girls team in Georgia 5A history to three-peat. The squad also compiled a whopping 43-game win streak during her time at Parkview.

She played her club ball for the GSA 91 Phoenix Red from 2005-09, guided by head coach Rick Shaw.

The Bobcats begin the 2009 campaign Sunday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m., hosting Division I Mercer University for an exhibition match.

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