Newcomers Lead GC Soccer to Opening-Match Win

Newcomers Lead GC Soccer to Opening-Match Win

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Georgia College soccer team (1-0) got an early goal and a massive late save, both from freshmen, in a 1-0 season-opening victory at the University of Mount Olive Friday night.

After a lightening delay of over an hour, it was freshman Anya Mancinelli (Atlanta) that provided the thunder, a strike from about 10 yards out just over 20 minutes into the contest. Mancinelli made good on a strong service from sophomore Maddie Stephen (Norcross) to get the match's lone goal. Both the goal and the assist were the first in the respective Bobcats' careers.

The Trojans picked up the pressure to try and find the equalizer in the second half, out-shooting the Bobcats 10-4 in that frame and 12-10 overall.

Rookie goalkeeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur) was up for the challenge however, making six saves in the shutout, but perhaps none more important than the final one. With under a minute remaining in the contest, Graham saved a shot attempt from UMO's Nichole Poppe to preserve the clean slate.

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m., traveling to Barton College.

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