ATHENS, Ga. --- Four members of the Georgia soccer team have been named to the fourth annual Southeastern Conference Soccer Preseason Watch List released Tuesday by the league office. Since 2011, the SEC has named a watch list in lieu of selecting preseason all-conference teams.
Sixth-year senior Laura Eddy, sophomores Marion Crowder and Gabby Seiler, and freshman Becca Rasmussen join players from each of the other 13 member institutions on the list. Eddy receives the honor for the second consecutive season.
Eddy returns for her final year of eligibility after working her way back from a third ACL year in the offseason. She is coming off a 2013 senior campaign in which she played for the first time since 2010, starting all 20 games in the midfield. The Atlanta native scored her first goal in 1,069 days vs. No. 17/8 South Carolina on Sept. 20, and added two assists on the season for four points.
Crowder is back as a sophomore after leading Georgia in goals (11) and points (23) in 2013. The forward out of Madison, Miss., finished just one foal off the Georgia rookie record, while her four-goal effort vs. the College of Charleston made her just the second UGA player to score four times in a game and the first since 2003. She paced the Bulldogs with seven game-winning goals, just one off the school record in that category, on her way to SEC All-Freshman and second team All-South Region honors.
Seiler enters her sophomore season after emerging as a key presence in the Georgia midfield, starting all 20 games. The Peachtree City native’s first career goal served as the game-winner in UGA’s overtime victory vs. Jacksonville, and she added two assists for four points on the year.
Rasmussen kicks off her collegiate career as a highly-touted recruit, coming to Georgia after earning a starting role on the United States U-18 National Team. As an early enrollee, she arrived on campus in January and played the 2014 spring season with the Bulldogs, tallying six assists as a midfielder.
The Bulldogs return six starters and 17 letterwinners from a season ago, coming off a 12-7-1 (5-5-1 SEC) 2013 campaign and a trip to the SEC Championships quarterfinals. Georgia’s incoming group includes 13 newcomers, including Rasmussen and four other players who are current members of their respective countries’ youth national teams.
Georgia began preseason camp last week, and will continue exhibition action this weekend as it hosts SEC rival Auburn to the UGA Soccer Stadium on Saturday night with a 7 p.m. start. Admission is free.