2006 Wrap

The 2006 University of Georgia soccer team posted its second straight winning season in as many years under the leadership of head coach Patrick Baker and his staff. With a 10-9 record, the Bulldogs have now posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 2000 and 2001 campaigns. The 2006 season was a compilation of seniors stepping up to make an impact and an outstanding freshman class coming of age.

Georgia was ranked in the preseason Top 20 for the first time in program history. Baker also recorded a program first when he brought in a Top-10 recruiting class which received a ranking of No. 8 in the nation.

Individual accomplishments were at an all-time high for Baker's Bulldogs, headlined by Carrie Patterson's SoccerBuzz National All-Freshman team award. She was also named the SEC Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-SEC, becoming just the second freshman in school history to be named a first-team All-Conference performer. Patterson put together the best freshman campaign in school history, setting new freshman records for goals scored (12), assists (7) and points (31).

On the senior side, Randi-Lynn Bruso earned her second consecutive first-team All-SEC award, becoming just the second Bulldog ever to earn that distinction, joining Stephanie Yarem. She was also named an All-Southeast Region performer for the second straight year. Bruso, who was hampered by a foot injury throughout the year, still managed to lead the team in assists (8) and was second on the squad in total points (14).

In addition to Patterson and Bruso, goalkeeper Michelle Betos also earned SEC All-Freshman accolades.

The team also had a very strong year academically, earning its fourth straight NSCAA Team Academic Award for maintaining a team GPA above a 3.0. Individually, Catherine Bruce was named to the NSCAA Academic All-Region and ESPN The Magazine/CoSida Academic All-District squad. Overall, 21 players recorded a fall semester GPA over a 3.0, including 11 players with a GPA of at least a 3.5 or better.

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