KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a record-setting start to the 2018 campaign, the Georgia College Women’s Soccer team (4-0) secured a spot in the United Soccer Coaches Association (USCA) national rankings poll released Tuesday.
Georgia College enters the national rankings for the first time during head coach Hope Clark’s tenure, landing the No. 22 ranking.
The Bobcat women have had a stellar season thus far, compiling a 4-0 record with four clean sheets for senior keeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur) and the Georgia College defense. Sophomore Kai Jeffries (Lawrenceville, Georgia) has been a rock on the back line, using her pace and skill to stymie opposing forwards.
Averaging an incredible 15.5 shots per game, the speed and offensive pressure has allowed the Bobcat offense to become dynamic and able to stretch the field. Senior forward Sofia Lekas (Lizella, Georgia) leads the team with a pair of goals on the season. Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City, Georgia), Alyssa Bergamini (West Suffield, Connecticut), Brooke Adams (Kennesaw, Georgia) and Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) have each scored one goal.
The No. 22 ranking is one of just two national rankings in Bobcat Soccer history, as the lone other came in 2008 when the team reached a program-high mark of No. 19 in the nation. That team finished with a 13-3-4 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Columbus State University is the only other school to represent the Peach Belt Conference in the rankings poll, as they grabbed the No. 5 spot on the list.
The Bobcat team faces a big test in their next matchup when they face off against the University of Tampa in a neutral site battle at Valdosta State University. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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