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November 7, 2013

Peach Belt Releases Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team

EVANS, GA – The Peach Belt Conference released the 2013 women's soccer All-Conference team at a banquet in Evans, Ga., site of the league tournament.  Clayton State's Alicia Robinson was named the PBC Player of the Year while her head coach Gareth O'Sullivan was tabbed the Coach of the Year.  Columbus State's Nicole Corcione was named the leagues Freshman of the Year.

Robinson helped lead a resurgent Laker program to a share of the 2013 PBC regular-season championship and the #1 seed in the tournament.  A senior from Telford, England, Robinson led the Peach Belt and is ranked sixth nationally with 10 assists on the year and added a pair of goals.  Playing in the defensive midfield, she helped the Laker defense to a 0.98 goals against average, holding opponents to 20 total goals in 19 games played.  A PBC player of the week this season, Robinson becomes the first Laker to be named the PBC Player of the Year since Cherie Sayon was a co-Player of the Year in 2010.  She is the fifth Clayton State player to receive the honor.

Nicole Corcione made an immediate impact in her first season at Columbus State.  The freshman from Candler, N.C., played in all 19 games for the Cougars, leading the team and ranked seventh in the Peach Belt with nine goals scored this year.  She added three assists and was sixth in the league with 21 total points.  She hit the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Montevallo on Oct. 30 and had a four-game goal streak earlier this season.  Corcione is the second Cougar to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year in the last three seasons, joining 2011 winner Kiana Nicholson, and the fourth CSU player overall to receive the honor.

Taking over a team two years ago that had not finished any higher than fourth in the PBC standings since 2007, Gareth O'Sullivan has brought Clayton State back to elite status in the Peach Belt.   Picked to finish fourth in the preseason coaches poll, the Lakers won a share of the league's regular-season championship for the first time since 2005 and are the #1 seed for the tournament for the first time ever.  Under O'Sullivan's leadership, the Lakers were 8-0-3 in conference play this season, the only PBC team to navigate the schedule without a conference loss, and 11-3-5 overall.   Clayton State cracked the NSCAA national top 25 poll on Oct. 19 and are currently ranked #22 in the nation.  The Coach of the Year honor is the first for O'Sullivan at Clayton State, he also becomes the first Laker women's soccer coach to receive the honor.

The 2013 women's soccer All-Conference team is listed below, as selected by the league's head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2013 Peach Belt Conference
Women's Soccer All-Conference Team

First Team

Forwards
Candace Edwards, Young Harris
Denisha Paskell, Clayton State
Kelly Penston, North Georgia
Ashley Veilleux, Georgia College

Midfielders
Casey Black, Lander
Melissa Hetherington, Clayton State
Alicia Robinson, Clayton State
Cicely Taliaferro, North Georgia

Defenders
Megan Morrow, North Georgia
Shelby Rolling, Columbus State
Taylor Russell, Armstrong
Danielle Shaw, Lander

Goalkeeper
Morgan Luckie, Armstrong

Second Team

Forwards
Nicole Corcione, Columbus State

Abby Dalton, Georgia College

Kimberly Kesler, Lander

Taylor Valley, Armstrong

Midfielders
Hannah Allison, USC Aiken
Noel McDaniel, Lander
Taylor Marks, Columbus State
Brianne Matarazzo, Armstrong

Defenders
Nina Boganes, Clayton State
Hilary Ferguson, Lander
Tamaki Onuma, Clayton State
Emily Walling, Clayton State

Goalkeeper
Charlotte McCormack, Clayton State

Elite 15 Award
Kelsey Pelletier, Columbus State

Brine Golden Ball Winner (Most Goals Scored)
Kelly Penston, North Georgia

Player of the Year
Alicia Robinson, Clayton State

Freshman of the Year
Nicole Corcione, Columbus State

Coach of the Year
Gareth O'Sullivan, Clayton State

Women's Soccer 2nd Team All-Conference
Women's Soccer 1st Team All-Conference
(L to R): Player of the Year Alicia Robinson; Coach of the Year Gareth O'Sullivan; Freshman of the Year Nicole Corcione