Record Four Bulldogs Earn NCAA Regional Honors
Dec. 9, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Four members of the University of Georgia soccer team were named to the 2011 NCAA Women’s Division I All-South Team, according to an announcement by the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) on Dec. 7, the most selections in one season in UGA program history.
Sophomore attacker Alexa Newfield was named to the first team, while senior midfielder Jamie Pollock landed on the second team and junior goalkeeper Ashley Baker and senior defender Bailey Powell each earned third team honors.
Georgia’s four selections are a program record – with three players honored in a season five times before, most recently in back to back years in 2009 and 2010. The Bulldogs were tied with South Carolina for most selections in the SEC, while Florida followed with three.
Newfield adds the latest honor to her growing resume that includes two first team All-SEC nods in two seasons. The Atlanta native was the SEC’s most prolific scorer in 2011, leading the league in every major offensive category while breaking the UGA single-season record for shots (102) and points (40). The All-South honor was the second of Newfield’s career after she earned second team recognition in 2010.
Pollock pulled in her second All-Region honor after being named to the third team as a sophomore in 2009. The senior midfielder started all 22 games and chipped in two goals and two assists for six points.
Baker and Powell were instrumental in leading the Bulldog back line as veterans, with Powell starting all 21 games she played in at center back and adding one goal, and Baker logging a 1.20 goals-against average and six shutouts, stopping 96 shots sent her way.
Georgia finished the 2011 season with an overall record of 13-7-2, a trip to the SEC quarterfinals and the NCAA second round.