November 7, 2013

Three Lady Cougars Named to All-Conference Team, Corcione Freshman of the Year

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Evans, Ga. – Three Columbus State University women's soccer players earned All-Peach Belt Conference accolades while Nicole Corcione was named the PBC Freshman of the Year on Friday as the conference announced the postseason awards at the annual banquet in Evans, Ga. 

Shelby Rolling was the lone Lady Cougar to be placed on the All-PBC first team while Corcione and fellow freshman Taylor Marks were tabbed on the second team. 

The anchor of the Columbus State defense, Rolling earns her second All-Conference award in her two-year career. After a season ending injury in 2012, Rolling hasn't missed a step this year. 

Rolling and the CSU backline have now posted eight shutouts this year, the second best mark in the league, and have limited teams to 1.20 goals per match. 

The sophomore has also added three goals and two assists this season. 

Marks has quickly become a centerpiece of the Columbus State offense as the freshman controls the pace of play for CSU. The midfielder is tied for the team lead in assists with five which is also tied for the eighth most in the PBC. Marks is also the fifth freshman in CSU history to have five or more assists in their first season. 

The Fayetteville native has scored four goals as well for 13 points. 

Corcione has made an immediate impact in her first season at Columbus State.  The freshman from Candler, N.C., has played in all 19 games for the Lady Cougars, leading the team and ranking seventh in the PBC with nine goals scored. She added three assists and was sixth in the league with 21 total points. She hit the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Montevallo on October 30 and had a four-game goal streak earlier this season.

Corcione is the second Lady Cougar to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year in the last three seasons and the fourth CSU player overall to receive the honor.

Kelsey Pelletier will also return home to Columbus with a well-earned accolade. Pelletier was named the league's Elite 15 award winner. The award is given to the player participating in the championship event with the highest cumulative GPA. Pelletier currently has four goals and five assists. 

Columbus State will continue play in the PBC Tournament taking on Georgia College on Friday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. The semifinal match will be played at Blanchard Woods Park.

2013 Peach Belt Conference
Women's Soccer All-Conference Team

First Team

Forwards
Candace Edwards, Young Harris
Denisha Paskell, Clayton State
Kelly Penston, North Georgia
Ashley Veilleux, Georgia College

Midfielders
Casey Black, Lander
Melissa Hetherington, Clayton State
Alicia Robinson, Clayton State
Cicely Taliaferro, North Georgia

Defenders
Megan Morrow, North Georgia
Shelby Rolling, Columbus State
Taylor Russell, Armstrong
Danielle Shaw, Lander

Goalkeeper
Morgan Luckie, Armstrong

Second Team

Forwards
Nicole Corcione, Columbus State
Abby Dalton, Georgia College

Kimberly Kesler, Lander

Taylor Valley, Armstrong

Midfielders
Hannah Allison, USC Aiken
Noel McDaniel, Lander
Taylor Marks, Columbus State
Brianne Matarazzo, Armstrong

Defenders
Nina Boganes, Clayton State
Hilary Ferguson, Lander
Tamaki Onuma, Clayton State
Emily Walling, Clayton State

Goalkeeper
Charlotte McCormack, Clayton State

Elite 15 Award
Kelsey Pelletier, Columbus State

Brine Golden Ball Winner (Most Goals Scored)
Kelly Penston, North Georgia

Player of the Year
Alicia Robinson, Clayton State

Freshman of the Year
Nicole Corcione, Columbus State

Coach of the Year
Gareth O'Sullivan, Clayton State

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