GEORGIA ENDS SEASON ONE WIN SHY OF TOURNAMENT
The Georgia soccer team wrapped up in uncharacteristic losing season with a 4-9-5 overall record, including a 2-6-3 in conference play. The Bulldogs finished the season ninth in the SEC, just one spot away from a spot in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
For the second time in as many years, the Georgia soccer team ended its season in Knoxville. The Bulldogs dropped a 2-0 decision to the 10th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols, dashing hopes of reaching the SEC Tournament in Auburn.
GEORGIA HIRES BAKER AS NEW WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH
Florida State head coach Patrick Baker has been named the new head coach of the women's soccer program at the University of Georgia, according to an announcement by UGA Athletics Director Damon Evans.
Baker, the third head coach at Georgia since the program's inception in 1995, comes to Athens with impressive credentials as he amassed an 80-46-11 overall record in six seasons at Florida State. He also led the Seminoles to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Baker was named the Soccer America National Coach of the Year in 2003 as he guided Florida State to a 17-8-1 record and a trip to the NCAA College Cup.
WEBER, LINDLEY RECEIVE HONORS
Susie Weber has earned a pair of honors by SoccerBuzz Magazine after an impressive rookie campaign in 2004. Weber was named to the Third-Team Freshman All-America list as well as the Southeast Regional All-Freshman Team.
SoccerBuzz, which is the exclusive magazine on the Internet devoted to women's collegiate soccer at the NCAA Division I level, recognizes three 11-player All-America teams as well as an honorable mention team. In each of the six regions, SoccerBuzz selects three regional teams in addition to the 16-player All-Freshman Team.
Weber becomes the first Freshman All-American since Charisse Co earned honorable mention distinction in 2001. Weber marks the second Bulldog in as many years to be named to the Southeast Region All-Freshman team after Marilee Eback was recognized in 2003.
Weber and Ashley Lindley earned Southeastern Conference honors as well. Lindley, along with LSU midfielder Chelsea Agar, was selected as the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, while Weber was one of 11 student-athletes on the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Earlier this year, Lindley was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after pitching a pair of shutouts against Kentucky and Arkansas.
Weber logged impressive minutes on a relatively young team, as the majority of Georgia's starting lineup was freshmen and sophomores.
This marks the second consecutive year Georgia has been represented on the All-Freshman Team, as Marilee Eback earned the distinction in 2003.
With two goals against Wofford and another one against Birmingham Southern, senior Tricia McKee ended her career with sole possession of sixth place on the all-time goals list with 20 career goals. She surpassed Allison Thornbury, who tallied 18 goals from 1995-98. McKee added another goal at Ole Miss to bring her career total to 21. Former standouts Jessica Winton and Ashley King are tied for fourth on the list with 23 goals.
GEORGIA LOSES IMPRESSIVE SENIOR CLASS
The trio of seniors - Ashley Lindley, Tricia McKee and Elizabeth Metherell - led the Dogs to a 38-36-7 record over the last four years, including a pair of 13-wins seasons, two trips to the NCAA Tournament and one SEC Tournament final.
Lindley will finished second in the career standing of at least five goalkeeping categories at Georgia, including saves, shutouts and wins.