KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches (USC) recently announced the Division II Women's Soccer All-Region Teams, with Georgia College's Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City, Georgia) taking a spot on the All-Southeast Region First Team.
The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year, Bartholomew was the Select Sport Gold Ball Award winner for leading the Peach Belt with 19 goals during the regular season. Her 19 strikes tied for the 10th-highest single-season total in PBC history. She also tied for sixth in assists and led the league with 44 total points, tied for the 13th-highest single-season total in league history. Bartholomew finished the regular season ranked third in all of Division II in total points, fifth in points per game and tied for fourth in total goals.
Bartholomew is the ninth All-Region selection in school history through the coaches association. Midfielder Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir was the most recent selection in 2015 with third-team honors. Bartholomew joins Mary Rob Plunkett only two Bobcats to be All-Region First Team honorees through this organization.
The first-team distinction puts Bartholomew on the ballot for All-America honors, which will be announced next month.
The Bobcats wrapped up an amazing 2017 season, one where they managed eight wins in their final nine regular-season matches, including a 2-1 victory over then-No. 8 Columbus State University. Head coach Hope Clark hit the 100-win mark for her career Oct. 21 at Young Harris College, and Bartholomew broke the school's 10-year-old single-season goals record in the same match. Georgia College matched the school record for conference wins set in 2015, despite two fewer teams in the PBC than there was that season. The 11 victories is also the third-best single-season total for a Bobcat soccer team. Bartholomew and defender Unnbjorg Omarsdottir earned All-PBC status.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup and the 2017 PBC Sportsmanship Institution of the Year, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.