Four GSW men and two women soccer players earn PBC Team of Academic Distinction honors

Published 1:56 pm Monday, January 10, 2022

From Staff Reports

 

AUGUSTA — The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) has revealed the 2021 men’s and women’s soccer Teams of Academic Distinction, presented by Barnes & Noble College. These teams are a part of the PBC’s larger initiative to celebrate the academic achievements of PBC student-athletes and are modeled on the CoSIDA Academic All-America program.

Four GSW men’s soccer players were named to the Team of Academic Distinction for Men’s Soccer: sophomore forward Jack Malleret, junior center midfielder Cole Davison, junior midfielder Will Carter and junior centerback Grant Auer.

Jack Malleret is an Accounting Major from Burlington, Ontario and is carrying a 3.69 GPA. Cole Davison, who also hails from Burlington, Ontario, is a Management Major and is carrying a 3.70 GPA. Will Carter, who hails from Jackson, GA, is a Management Major and is carrying a 3.37 GPA and Grant Auer, a native of Columbus, GA, is an Accounting Major and is carrying a 3.34 GPA.

Malleret played in 15 matches for the Hurricanes and started 14 of them during the 2021 season. He tallied three goals and three assists for a total of nine points. Davison started 15 matches for GSW and scored three goals for a total of six points. Carter played in 10 matches for the Hurricanes and started four of them, while Auer started all of the Hurricanes’ 16 matches. He had two goals and tallied two assists for a total of six points.

Two GSW women’s soccer players, junior forward Geraldine Alvarez and senior defender Laura Duran Blanco, were named to the Peach Belt Conference Team of Academic Distinction for Women’s Soccer.
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In addition to the academic success of these four GSW male student-athletes, two Lady Hurricane soccer players also made the PBC’s Team of Academic Distinction for Women’s Soccer: junior forward Geraldine Alvarez and senior defender Laura Duran Blanco. Geraldine Alvarez, a native of Bogota, Colombia, is a Management Major and is carrying a 3.67 GPA and Laura Duran Blanco, a senior Psychology Major from San Vicente, Costa Rica, is carrying a 3.80 GPA.

Alvarez played in all 16 matches for the Lady Hurricanes and started 15 of them during the 2021 season. She tallied one goal and four assists for a total of six points. Blanco also started all 16 matches and had one assist.

To be eligible for these teams, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee the program.