MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College soccer program and head coach Hope Clark announced the incoming signees for the 2011 season Wednesday, a huge 15-member class.
Of the 15 student-athletes, 11 are freshmen from the Peach State, adding in a rookie from Louisiana and three transfers from Auburn University Montgomery. Clark was the head coach of the AUM Senators for three seasons prior to taking the helm of the Bobcats in 2010.
Taylor Cornelius – Dacula, Ga. – Mill Creek
Cornelius played four years of varsity soccer for Mill Creek under head coach Brent Leitsch. Teammate of fellow Bobcat recruit Tatum O’Keefe. The Hawks advanced to the State Final Four in 2011. She played her club soccer for the Atlanta Fire United.
Abby Dalton – Macon, Ga. – Mount de Sales
A two-time All-State and three-time All-Region selection, Dalton played under both Scott Serafy and Collin Barnes at Mount de Sales. She was the Region 3AAA Player of the Year in 2011, and three times named to the Macon Telegraph All-Middle Georgia First Team in soccer. Dalton owns the Georgia State record for goals in a season, leading the nation with 11 goals, helping her team advance to the finals of the State tournament. She also owns the school career (104) and single-season records in scoring. Played soccer with fellow Bobcat recruit Lindsey Knott. Also played basketball for the Cavaliers, earning All-Region honors in 2011. Played club soccer for the Concorde Fire South, helping the team to the Georgia State Cup Final Four in 2011. Plans to major in political science.
Michelle DeMaris – Suwanee, Ga. – North
Gwinnett High School
As the starting goalkeeper, DeMaris was an All-County Scholar Athlete for the Bulldogs under head coach Mark Karen. She plans to major in nursing. North Gwinnett advanced to the finals of the 2011 GHSA 5-A State Tournament.
Erin Griffin – Loganville, Ga. – Grayson
A four-year varsity starter, Griffin was an Offensive MVP for head coach Terry Klinect and the 2011 State Playoff qualifier Rams. She owns the school mark for single-game goals with six, and led the team in scoring in both her sophomore and junior seasons. Griffin played club for the Norcross Fury, a Region 3 Premier League finalist in 2010. The club added a Georgia State Cup Final Four spot in 2011. Plans to major in physical therapy.
Nichole Hammer – Peachtree City, Ga. –
Starr’s Mill High School
A three-year varsity letterwinner, Hammer played for Deanise Meyers at Starr’s Mill, and helped the team to a State Championship in 2010. She played club soccer with the Concorde Fire South, advancing to the Final Four of the Georgia State Cup in 2011. She plans to major in biology.
Lindsey Knott – Macon, Ga. – Mount de Sales
A three-time All-Region honoree, Knott earned First Team All-State and First Team All-Middle Georgia in both 2010 and 2011. Playing for Scott Serafy for the Cavaliers, the team won the State title in 2008, and advanced to the finals again in 2011. She played high school soccer with fellow Bobcat recruit Abby Dalton. Played club soccer for the Concorde Fire South, helping the team to the Georgia State Cup Final Four in 2011.
Susan Lotyczewski – Northgate High School –
Auburn University Montgomery
Lotyczewski comes from AUM, where she played in all 19 games as a freshman, earning a spot on the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team. She played her high school ball at Northgate High, taking All-Region honors twice, and All-County accolades in three seasons for the Vikings. Lotyczewski played club soccer for the Concorde Fire Black, a squad that finished second in the Athena A in 2010.
Kessler Matheson – Martinez, Ga. – Lakeside
Matheson was a four-year starter at Lakeside under head coach Nick Edmund, earning All-Region and All-County honors twice each. She earned 2011 Offensive Player of the Year honors, and added an Augusta Chronicle Player of the Week accolade as well. The Panthers advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the 2011 GHSA State Tournament. Matheson played her club ball for the Augusta Arsenal.
Marissa Medina – Sharpsburg, Ga. – East
Coweta High School
Medina was named to the All-Region and All-County teams as a senior for the Indians and head coach Chris Luppens. The Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, she helped the squad to the Elite Eight round of the GHSA Tournament. Medina played her club soccer with the Concorde Fire South, advancing to the Final Four of the Georgia State Cup in 2011. She plans to major in health or exercise science.
Tatum O’Keefe – Hoschton, Ga. – Mill
Creek High School
O’Keefe played four years of varsity soccer for Mill Creek under head coach Brent Leitsch. Teammate of fellow Bobcat recruit Taylor Cornelius. The Hawks advanced to the State Final Four in 2011. Also played club soccer for the Atlanta Fire United in the Elite Club National League.
Kelly O’Mahoney – Mandeville, La. –
Fontainbleau High School
O’Mahoney is the program’s first recruit from the state of Louisiana, playing for Fontainbleau High School, the two-time State Champions. NSCAA ranked the Bulldogs No. 5 in the nation in 2010. A 2011 Louisiana High School All-Star Game selection, she was named to the Academic All-State Division I Soccer Team as well. O’Mahoney led the team to four-straight Region titles, helping the school maintain a 10-year streak overall. She was the 2011 All-District Defensive MVP. O’Mahoney played her club soccer for the Mandeville Lakers, the Louisiana State Champions for each of the last six seasons. She Also played tennis for the Bulldogs, earning 2011 State Qualifier status.
Erica Padula – Auburn University
Padula comes to GC via Auburn University Montgomery of the NAIA with one year of eligibility remaining. In 2008, Padula was second on the squad with 24 points, scoring 11 goals with a pair of assists. In 2009 she missed time with an injury, getting six points with three goals in nine games. In her junior season, she played in all 19 games, tallying four goals and an assist for nine points.
Dixie Robinson – Auburn University
Robinson transfers from AUM in the NAIA with two years of eligibility left. As a freshman for the Senators in 2008, she played in 19 games getting six points on two goals and two assists. In 2009, the SSAC First Team selection played in 22 games, scoring a single goal as a central defender. She redshirted 2010.
Annie Stephens – Fayetteville, Ga. –
Starr’s Mill High School
Stephens was the starting goalkeeper for a Panther team that advanced to the Final Four in the 2011 State Playoffs. She played club ball for Brian Moore and the Concorde Fire South, advancing to the Final Four of the Georgia State Cup in 2011. Stephens plans to major in kinesiology or exercise science.
Ashley Veilleux – Monroe, Ga. – Loganville
Veilleux played for the Loganville Red Devils, helping the team advance to the State Playoffs in 2011. Played club soccer for the Norcross Fury in the Region 3 Premier League, State finalist in 2010 and semifinalist in 2011. Plans to major in veterinary medicine or biology.
The Bobcats will look to improve upon a 7-7-3 season in 2010, finishing fifth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). GC returns two former All-PBC players in Karen Bonilla (Manassas, Va.) and Tawny Moffat (Peachtree City, Ga.). The Bobcats start the 2011 season on the road, taking on Lenoir-Rhyne University at the Tusculum College Tournament Sept. 2.
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