MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – An upset bid looked good, but the Georgia College soccer team (4-3-2, 2-2 PBC) saw an early lead slip away in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to No. 19 Columbus State University (6-2-1, 2-0-1 PBC) at Bobcat Field.
"I continue to be proud of this team and the consistency in which they are showing daily," said head coach Hope Clark. "We are in a tough stretch of the season right now and we are growing every game. Great things will happen for this group of young women, we will stay positive and remain focused on our vision."
In a high-energy contest, both teams traded blows seemingly from start to finish.
In the 17th minute, senior Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, California) broke loose on the right side and knocked a cross into the box. A diving header from freshman Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) later, the Bobcats were up 1-0. Omarsdottir made good on her team-leading fourth goal of the season, while the assist was Barys' third.
The Bobcats held the lead to the half in the balanced contest, owning a slight advantage in shots 8-6.
Columbus State turned up the second-half pressure, firing 15 shots in the second stanza, including 10 on frame. The equalizer came in the 59th minute, as Olivia Jarrell netted her fourth goal of the season weaving around the defense near the right endline.
The match reached overtime, but not through lack of trying. The teams combined for 32 shots in regulation.
Just under five minutes into the extra frame however, Mandy Janowitz scored the game-winner keeping her Cougar squad undefeated in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play.
Freshman goalkeeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur) finished with 11 saves in 13 tries in the loss. The match was her third double-digit save effort this season, matching her career best.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m., traveling to Clayton State University.
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