Soccer player arrested; Bulldogs set to begin spring slate

Georgia soccer player Carli Shultis is expected to have any upcoming punishment for a misdemeanor shoplifting arrest earlier this week handled by coach Steve Holeman as the Bulldogs open their spring schedule today.

Shultis, 19, was arrested by UGA Police and charged with theft by shoplifting Tuesday morning at the Tate Center Bulldog Café. A restaurant employee called police after witnessing Shultis putting hash browns in her pants and then proceeding without paying for them, UGA Police spokesman Lt. Eric Dellinger said.

Police were dispatched at 8:32 a.m., and Shultis admitted to the responding officer she had taken the $1.06 order of hash browns, according to Dellinger.

Shultis was taken to the Clarke County Jail, where she was released that morning on $1,500 bail, according to records.

In accordance with athletic department guidelines pertaining to misdemeanor arrests, Holeman will handle any discipline issues, Georgia assistant sports communications director Kate Burkholder said Friday.

Shultis started 11 games and played in 22 last season for Georgia, and the sophomore forward tallied two assists with 10 shots on goal.

The soccer team opens its spring schedule at 2 p.m. today against Florida State at the UGA Soccer Stadium. The Bulldogs have six games, including three at home, on their spring schedule.