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UNG women's soccer player become the Peach Belt Conference nominee for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year award

Amy Cheribelle

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DAHLONEGA, GA- The national office has named Taylor Malasek, University of North Georgia or UNG women's soccer player on August 16 as the Peach Belt Conference or PBC nominee for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

"We're proud of Taylor and her accomplishments in the classroom, in our community and on the soccer field. She is an ideal role model and leader of her peers. Being the PBC nominee for this prestigious award is no easy feat. It's exciting that the members of the conference saw the same qualities and characteristics that we get to experience in Taylor on a daily basis,” said UNG Athletics Director Mary Rob Plunkett.

Malasek is part of 153 university athletes who represent 18 different sports in the NCAA's three divisions in order to advance from the first list of 535 nominees.

Previously, in 2019, Malasek joined former UNG nominees as well as women's soccer players Renee VanHorn. Also, in 2016, she joined Shannon Coulombe and became a nominee put forth by the PBC for consideration to be incorporated in the national top 30 in their respective years.

Malasek said that it was a huge honor to earn that nomination. She had been shaped into who she was today because of the people at UNG, and she could not be prouder to represent them as well as the school with that nomination.

Currently, Malasek is attending a degree in biology. Furthermore, in 2019, she received the PBC Elite 15 award for women's soccer.

Meanwhile, women's soccer head coach, Kayley Ralton said that Malasek was a true leader and a superb team captain.

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