ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia soccer head coach Steve Holeman on Wednesday announced the addition of 11 student-athletes who will join the program this coming fall.
Holeman's class includes eight players from Georgia in addition to one each from Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, and is comprised of four forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and two goalkeepers. The group will bolster a squad that won seven games in 2012 and lost four starters to graduation.
"This is a huge day for Georgia Soccer," said Holeman, who enters his fourth season with the Bulldogs. "Our staff has worked incredibly hard over the past few years to put together what we feel is one of the top classes in the country. It's a group that will give us depth at every position and help us to become a lot more dangerous in the attack. We have a lot of talented players coming in who can step in and help us become a lot better."
The four forwards entering for the 2013 season include Marion Crowder (Madison, Miss./Chicago Fire Juniors Mississippi), Rachel Garcia (Duluth, Ga./GSA Phoenix), Kelsey Nix (Roswell, Ga./NASA Elite), and Lauren Tanner (Buford, Ga./GSA Phoenix).
At midfield, the Bulldogs bring in Hannah Edwards (Johns Creek, Ga./GSA Phoenix), Gabby Seiler (Peachtree City, Ga./Concorde Fire), and Angelica Tabares (Phenix City, Ala./NLSA Legends).
The defenders include Caroline Waters (Woodstock, Ga./NASA Elite) and Taylor Donohue (Lawrenceville, Ga./GSA Phoenix).
Goalkeepers are Kara Looby (Tampa, Fla./TBU Premier) and Jill Maloney (Alpharetta, Ga./GSA Phoenix).
Over the past several seasons especially, true freshmen have played a vital role in Georgia's success on the pitch. In the last six years, three Bulldogs have been named SEC Freshman of the Year (Carrie Patterson in 2006, Kelli Corless in 2007 and Laura Eddy in 2009).
In 2010, Alexa Newfield was the lone SEC freshman named first team All-SEC while her classmate Torri Allen joined Newfield on the All-Freshman Team. The 2010 class of 14 freshmen made its presence known from the start, responsible for over half of Georgia's scoring on the season that year. The 2012 rookie group saw the Bulldogs regularly start several freshman and get significant minutes from that class.
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