Bulldogs post historic turnaround, collect substantial hardware in '05.
Looking back at the 2005 Georgia women's soccer season, even first-year head coach Patrick Baker marvels at the accomplishments his Bulldog team put forth this past fall. With just two returning seniors and the lack of an established scoring threat, outside expectations for Georgia soccer were not high entering the season. But by the time it was over, a 12-6-2 record and a fifth-place regular season finish in the SEC had the Bulldogs turning a lot of heads.
"One year into this transition process, I feel very good about what our young ladies accomplished last fall," said Baker. "The players have re-developed a winning mentality and now know what it takes to have a successful season. Our motivation for 2005 was not to repeat what happened in 2004, and the motivation for 2006 is to expand upon the successes of 2005. We didn't achieve all of our goals, but we played some exciting soccer and covered a lot of important ground for the future."
The University of Georgia soccer team returned to the SEC Tournament after a one-year hiatus in 2004, when the squad missed the postseason for the first time since its inaugural year in 1995. Despite an early exit at the hands of Vanderbilt, the 2005 season was still a historic one for the Bulldogs.
Georgia posted an eight-game turnaround in just one year, the second-best single-season reversal of fortune in SEC history, after posting a 4-9-5 record with a 2-5-3 mark in the conference and missing postseason play in 2004.
"We came a long way on and off the field," said Baker. "If we had sat there before the season and told the players that we would have the kind of success that we had in non-conference and conference play and tell the girls that we would be the No. 5 seed headed to the SEC Tournament, they all would said to sign them up. We worked very hard, we kept improving as individuals and as a team and I think we accomplished several of our goals."