GREENWOOD, S.C. – Down 3-0 at half, the Georgia College soccer team waged a monumental comeback, completing in a Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) goal with under a minute left in overtime. Bobcat soccer (4-1-2, 2-0 PBC) beat Lander University (3-3, 1-1 PBC) 4-3 on the road Wednesday night.
Down 3-0 at halftime, head coach Hope Clark may want to bottle her halftime speech, as the Bobcats mounted the massive comeback.
"That was the most amazing team win that I have ever been a part of," said Clark. "I am so proud of the ladies and the character they displayed tonight to rise up against all odds to win. It says a lot about our family and the future of this team."
Freshman Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) netted the first strike for the Bobcats in the 58th minute, taking a pass from Bjarnadottir in front of the goal. Junior Sol Baldassini (Miami, Florida) made it 3-2 on a shot from the left side, Bjarnadottir also helping on this one.
With 13:46 remaining in regulation, Omarsdottir scored for the third time this season, again helped by Bjarnadottir, setting the stage for overtime.
With 13 seconds remaining in the first overtime period, Bjarnadottir couldn't have picked a better time for her first career goal, hammering home a strike from 35 yards out.
The Bearcats took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick in the 11th minute by Alexis Rogers. Logan Lewis made it 2-0 with her fifth goal of the season in the 24th minute, then Taylor Piorkowski finished the first-half surge with a goal in the 45th minute. The halftime horn couldn't come soon enough for the Bobcats, down 3-0 at the break.
Freshman Ashley Graham (Decatur, Georgia) made four saves in seven tries for the win.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m., playing host to No. 3 University of North Georgia.
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