MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In a misty, rainy and all around soggy evening, the Georgia College soccer squad (5-3-2, 3-2 PBC) got goals from three newcomers to power past host Clayton State University (6-4, 2-2 PBC) 3-2 Saturday night.
Clayton State got the scoring started early, netting a goal on its first shot, and just the second shot of the contest overall. Saidhbh Collins made a touch to evade GC goalkeeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur) and cracked the back of the net in the seventh minute with Collins' third goal of the year.
Just over two minutes later, the Bobcats would nab the equalizer, as rookie Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) chipped a shot over the head of the Clayton State goalkeeper. Defender Maddie Stephen (Norcross) hit a sharp cross to Bjarnadottir to eventually get the 1-1 score. She now has two goals on the year.
The next Bobcat shot attempt would also prove fruitful, as Anya Mancinelli (Atlanta) took another cross from Stephen to the back of the goal for a 2-1 score. The goal is Mancinelli's third of her freshman season. Stephen now has four assists.
The teams hit the half with Georgia College up a single strike, 2-1. Junior Haley Tidwell (Macon) changed the course early in the second half, as her first collegiate goal gave the Bobcats a 3-1 advantage. Tidwell got past the defense on a breakaway, and chipped a shot past the keeper.
Not going down without a fight, Clayton's Lucy Cunningham scored in the 63rd minute to make it 3-2, but the Lakers could get no closer.
Graham made three saves down the stretch after the Lakers pulled within one, the final one coming with 4:36 on the clock. Graham finished with 10 saves in 12 tries in the victory, her fourth double-digit save effort on the year. The freshman maintains her lead in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in saves, making 62 on the year, 14 ahead of the remainder of the netminders in the league.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., traveling to Young Harris College for more PBC action.
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