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March 10, 2014

GMC soccer rakes up top regional awards

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Earning first team All-Conference for the men were Omari Walker and Adabale; Teemu Vaarakallio and Damieon Thomas both earned second team honors.

On the women’s side, Kallie Balfour received a first team selection, while Jona Olafsdottir earned a spot on the All-Conference second team.

“Kallie Balfour really set the standard,” Daser said. “I believe she’s only the second player—I think we’ve only had one other player receive that award.”

Local players, Taylor Dell, Maggie Morris and Nathan Thompson also received awards following the season.

Dell and Morris joined Linda Rodriguez and Thomas on the All-Conference Tournament Team, while Thompson earned the Bulldogs’ most improved award for his freshman season.

“Taylor Dell, I’d like to give a shout out to him because he was our captain and a very hard working kid. He was a great captain and I’m proud of him for making the all-tournament team,” Daser said. “Maggie Morris is a local kid who worked very hard and was a great leader. She’s a product of Milledgeville.

“With the team awards, it was nice to see Nathan Thompson earn an award, because he’s another hard working kid from the local community.”

Though, 2013 proved to be a strong season for the GMC soccer teams, Daser believes the Bulldogs have big goals in 2014.

“You know, when you take a program that never won in 11 or 12 years, I think it was exciting,” he said. “It was an uphill climb, but the kids showed a lot of character. Every year we’ve gotten better and better, and gotten higher-level players. I’m thinking next year we had nine freshmen that started, so we’ve got a chance to be in the top 20.”

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