Sept. 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- A pair of Georgia soccer players earned weekly honors from the Southeastern Conference, the league office announced Monday morning, as redshirt senior midfielder Laura Eddy was named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week and senior goalkeeper Caitlin Woody the Defensive Player of the Week.
Eddy and Woody each helped the Bulldogs to a 2-0 shutout victory over previously unbeaten and No. 17/8-ranked South Carolina in the SEC opener Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium, with Georgia scoring only the second and third goals of the season against the Gamecocks to improve to 8-1 (1-0).
The weekly awards mark the first of each player’s career, while Georgia has now earned three on the season after Marion Crowder was named the Freshman of the Week on Sept. 16. It is the first time the Bulldogs have had two players honored in one week since 2005.
Eddy tallied the Bulldogs’ second goal of the night in the 32nd minute on Friday, her first score of the season and first since Oct. 17, 2010 – a total of 1,069 days – after sitting out the past two seasons with ACL injuries. She also provided strong midfield play as Georgia was able to keep the Gamecocks off the board for just the second time in 2013.
Woody posted her seventh shutout of the season in goal for Georgia, already moving her into a tie for fourth all-time in UGA history. She did not allow a goal despite the Gamecocks taking 17 shots, while her seven saves tied her season and career highs.
Off to their best nine-game start in program history, Georgia will travel to take on Missouri and Kentucky this weekend.