MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. –A pair of first-half goals set the tone for Saturday's 3-1 win for Georgia College soccer (3-1-2, 1-0 PBC) over USC Aiken (0-5, 0-1 PBC). The win starts the Bobcats 1-0 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play.
In the 20th minute, freshman Sofia Lekas (Lizella) broke the scoreless tie when the Pacer goalkeeper tried to intercept a cross, missed and Lekas found the back of the net for her first career goal. Senior Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, California) and freshman Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) teamed on the assists.
The Bobcats made it 2-0 18 minutes later, as junior Liz Franco (Milton) scored her first goal of the season. After a Pacer save caromed to Amanda Ferry (Duluth), she found Franco at point-blank range for the goal. Jordan Harman (Suwanee) was also credited with an assist on the shot that started all of the trouble.
The Pacers cut the lead in half in the 70th minute, when Tori Caldwell found Casey Rish for a header, but Maddie Stephen (Norcross) pushed the advantage back out of reach in the 81st minute, with assists from Barys and Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland).
The Bobcat goalkeepers split time in net, with freshman Ashlee Graham (Decatur) taking the first half, making one stop for the win. Junior Jessica Catapano (Alpharetta) stopped four of the five shots she saw in the second frame.
Georgia College is now 6-3-3 all-time in PBC openers.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m., traveling to Lander University.
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