MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Taking on the highest-ranked opponent on their schedule, the Georgia College soccer team (4-2-2, 2-1 PBC) rose to the challenge, falling just short to No. 3 University of North Georgia (6-0, 2-0 PBC) 1-0 Saturday at Bobcat Field.
"I am proud of this team for their effort today against a very tough opponent," said head coach Hope Clark. "We are better as a team after the match today and will only continue to grow playing quality opponents like North Georgia."
After a couple of early scares, North Georgia rattled off three shots in the first 10 minutes, play began to even out. The Bobcats trailed in shots just 4-3 at the break, and all three of Georgia College's tries were on-target, while only half of the Nighthawk attempts reached Bobcat goalkeeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur).
The North Georgia squad picked up the pressure in the second half, but again the Bobcats kept pace, with Graham making seven second-half saves. The Nighthawks finally broke through in the 87th minute.
It took three consecutive shots, the first two resulting in Graham saves, but after she swatted the last one away, Jacy Ramey gathered for a shot into an empty net and a late 1-0 lead. The goal was her fourth of the season. The Bobcats couldn't manage a shot in the final three minutes.
Graham finished with 10 saves in 11 tries, the second double-digit save match for the freshman this season.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m., playing host to No. 21 Columbus State University.
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