MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The latest edition of Georgia College Soccer gets the 2019 season underway Friday, Sept. 6 on the road. Bobcat Soccer will do so with a new head coach and a number of first-year players set to make an impact.
Former assistant coach Tinna Gallagher takes the reigns as the fourth head coach in program history. She brings with her three seasons of head coach experience at Oxford College of Emory.
Ten new players join the roster for their first time in Blue and Green, and will be counted upon to make the adjustment to crucial roles right away.
Back for more are a pair Preseason All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) selections in juniors Kai Jeffries (Lawrenceville) and Cassie Balzano (Douglasville). Jeffries was a United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region honoree last season, and Balzano is the leading returning scorer, with five goals and two assists a season ago.
Sophomore Alyssa Bergamini (West Suffield, Connecticut) returns after four goals and a pair of assists as a freshman, as does senior defender Erin Ferris (Atlanta) who was one of three Bobcats to start all 21 matches a year ago. Sophomore Brooke Adams (Kennesaw) and junior Kayla Ruiz (Milton) each notched a pair of goals last season and return looking for more.
The Bobcats were predicted seventh in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Bobcats start on the road at Eckerd College Sept. 6, and battle Florida Southern College Sunday, Sept. 8. The home opener comes Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m., hosting No. 19 Lincoln Memorial University.
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