WILSON, N.C. – The Georgia College soccer team (2-0) netted three goals in the first half to blow past Barton College (1-1) 4-1 Sunday on the road. The Bobcats start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2009.
Just 3:19 in to the contest, senior Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, California) made good on a cross from Anya Mancinelli (Atlanta) for the 1-0 lead. Freshman Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) doubled the advantage in the 26th minute, striking from the left side off a pass from classmate Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir (Gardabaer, Iceland).
Just under four minutes later, Mancinelli struck for a goal of her own to make the halftime lead 3-0. The two Icelandic freshmen teamed up for assists on the final goal of the half. Mancinelli had an electric first weekend, finishing with 2 goals and an assist over two matches.
Play continued to be dominated by the Bobcats in the second half, with junior Sol Baldassini (Miami, Florida) tallying her first goal of the young season off an assist from Maddie Stephen (Norcross) the sophomore's second of the year. Barton's Tanya Garcia helped the Bulldogs avoid a shutout with a goal in the 70th minute.
Rookie goalkeeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur) made one save in the win, improving to 2-0. The Bobcats out-shot Barton 26-4.
Georgia College owns a 2-0 mark for the first time since the 2009 season. The Bobcats have never started a season 3-0, but did go the first four matches of 2008 undefeated at 3-0-1. That season, the team eventually advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
GC Soccer is back in action Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., playing host to Florida Southern College at Bobcat Field.
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