Oct. 16, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Five members of the Georgia soccer team have been recognized for their performances through the first half of the season by landing on the TopDrawerSoccer.com midseason lists released Wednesday morning.
Senior defender Torri Allen was named a Top-100 upperclassman, coming in at No. 95 in the country, while rookies Marion Crowder, Gabby Seiler, and Rachel Garcia were named to the Top-100 Freshmen list at Nos. 9, 23, and 47, respectively, among first-year players in the nation. Additionally, Allen was named the No. 12 player in the Southeastern Conference with fellow senior Madeline Barker ranked No. 19 in the SEC.
Allen is one of only two Georgia field players to log every minute of action so far this season, helping UGA to the second-longest shutout streak in school history at 652 minutes earlier this season. She also has two assists to her name on the offensive end, as well as a rare defensive save. The Stafford, Va., native was selected as a preseason first team All-SEC selection as well as third team All-America by College Sports Madness prior to the 2013 season.
Crowder has burst onto the national scene through the first 14 games of her career, as she leads Georgia with nine goals and one assist for 19 points. When the Madison, Miss., native scored four goals in Georgia’s 5-1 win over the College of Charleston on Sept. 15, she became the first freshman to score four in a game in Georgia history and only the second player ever to do so – the first since 2003. Her goal tally ranks second all-time at UGA by a freshman, while her team-leading five game-winning goals already ranks fifth all-time for a single season. Before she was kept off the board vs. Kentucky on Sept. 26, Crowder had scored in four straight games, and she promptly got back in the scoring column against Ole Miss on Oct. 6, finding the back of the net in the third minute. She was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Sept. 16, and was College Sports Madness’ SEC Player of the Week and National Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17.
Seiler has been steady for the Bulldogs at the attacking midfield spot this season, scoring her first career goal in style as her tally on Sept. 6 lifted Georgia to a 1-0 overtime win over Jacksonville. She has also added an assist for three points on the season.
Garcia earned the starting nod at center forward and has held that role throughout the season, sitting third on the team in points with two goals and four assists. The Duluth, Ga., native scored her first collegiate goal in her second game, as she tallied Georgia’s second score vs. Houston just before halftime. She also found the back of the net vs. Mercer the next time out, heading in a Barker corner kick, and added two assists vs. the College of Charleston and one each against Missouri and Alabama.
Barker has had a standout senior season for the Bulldogs, sitting second on the team in goals and points (4g, 2a, 10p) through 14 games. The Atlanta native put up her first career multiple-goal performance earlier this season vs. Furman, and was named to the CollegeSoccer360.com Weekly Honor Roll after her five-point weekend against Mercer and the Paladins. She added a key assist in Georgia’s 2-0 win over nationally-ranked South Carolina and notched the game-winner in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 win over UNC Greensboro on the road.
The Bulldogs stand at 9-4-1 (2-3-1) on the season and will return to action this weekend as they host Mississippi State and Texas A&M at the UGA Soccer Stadium.