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November 2, 2012

Peach Belt Releases Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference released the 2012 women's soccer All-Conference team at a banquet in Augusta, Ga., as the league's annual tournament is set to begin.  Armstrong Atlantic State's Morgan Mitchell was named the PBC Player of the Year while UNC Pembroke's Rae-Shawna Campbell and Montevallo's Jade Pennock were named the co-Freshmen of the Year.  Armstrong's Eric Faulconer and Lander's Chris Ayer were named the co-Coaches of the Year.

Mitchell has been the driving force behind an Armstrong team that has reached unprecedented heights in 2012.  A senior from Lilburn, Ga., Mitchell leads the Peach Belt Conference with 16 goals scored this season and is fourth nationally in goals.  She has three hat tricks this year and is the only PBC player to score four goals in one game.  She is also ranked third in the PBC in assists and leads the league with 39 points.  Twelve of her 16 goals have come against conference opponents and she has four game-winners this year for the #1 team in the nation.  Mitchell is the third Armstrong player to be named the PBC Player of the Year and keeps that honor with Armstrong for the fifth time in the last seven years.

Rae-Shawna Campbell made 15 starts and played in 19 games in her first season of collegiate soccer.  The freshman from Wilmington, N.C., led UNC Pembroke and is ranked sixth in the PBC with 10 goals scored this season.  She also had four assists and is also sixth in the PBC in points.  She collected her first career hat trick against North Georgia earlier this season with six of her 10 goals coming against PBC opponents with three game-winning goals.  Campbell is the third UNC Pembroke women's soccer player to be named a Freshman of the Year in the last five years and fourth overall.

Jade Pennock becomes the first Montevallo women's soccer player to win a major PBC honor.  A freshman from Pontefract, England, she led the Falcons and was ranked 20th in the PBC with five goals scored from the midfield this season.  She started in all 18 games for UM and also led the team in assists and was ranked 17th in the PBC in points.  She scored a pair of goals in her very first college game against Barry and her other three goals all came against PBC opponents with one game-winner.

Eric Faulconer captures his third consecutive PBC Coach of the Year honor after leading Armstrong to their third straight PBC regular-season championship, the #1 seed in the PBC Tournament with a shot at their third tournament title in the last four years and, for the first time, a #1 national ranking.  Armstrong ran the table in the PBC with an 11-0 record and has won 16 straight games, setting a new school record and two shy of the Peach Belt record which the Pirates would tie with a tournament championship on Sunday.

Chris Ayer receives his second PBC Coach of the Year honor, his first since 2007.  After being picked fifth in the preseason coaches poll, Ayer and the Lander Bearcats exceeded expectations, finishing tied for second in the PBC standings with an 8-2-1 league mark, 10-4-3 overall.  Lander also earned their first national ranking in program history, coming in at #22 in the Oct. 23 poll.  Lander is also ranked fourth in the latest NCAA regional poll and in a position to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

The 2012 women's soccer All-Conference team is below as selected by the league's head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to rank their own players.

2012 Peach Belt Conference
Women's Soccer All-Conference Team

First  Team

Forwards
Morgan Mitchell, Armstrong
Kristina Pascutti, Armstrong
Jamie Shaw, Lander
Ashley Veilleux, Georgia College

Midfielders
Stephanie Lowery, Columbus State
Kelly Penston, North Georgia
Alicia Robinson, Clayton State
Nadima Skeff, Armstrong

Defenders
Kansas Bayly, Columbus State
Kayla Brown, Columbus State
Emily Cattanach, Armstrong
Fanny Forsman, UNC Pembroke

Goalkeeper
Mary Mancin, Columbus State

Second Team

Forwards
Amalia Arvidsson, UNC Pembroke
Rae-Shawna Campbell, UNC Pembroke
Jade Pennock, Montevallo
Natalia Valentine, Clayton State
Lindsay Zullo, Flagler

Midfielders
Courtney Cawley, Armstrong
Andye Dawson, Armstrong
Catherine Lovin, Columbus State
Cicely Taliaferro, North Georgia

Defenders
Hilary Ferguson, Lander
Shelby Rolling, Columbus State
Taylor Russell, Armstrong
Danielle Shaw, Lander

Goalkeeper
Laoise O'Driscoll, Clayton State

Co-Freshmen of the Year
Rae-Shawna Campbell, UNC Pembroke
Jade Pennock, Montevallo

Player of the Year
Morgan Mitchell, Armstrong

Co-Coaches of the Year
Chris Ayer, Lander
Eric Faulconer, Armstrong

PBC Second-Team All-Conference
PBC First-Team All-Conference
(L to R): Co-Coach of the Year Eric Faulconer; Co-Freshman of the Year Rae-Shawna Campbell; Player of the Year Morgan Mitchell; Co-Coach of the Year Chris Ayer.