Bobcat Soccer Beats UNC Pembroke on Barys’ Overtime Goal

Bobcat Soccer Beats UNC Pembroke on Barys’ Overtime Goal

PEMBROKE, N.C. – Senior Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, California) scored with 3:13 left in the second overtime period Saturday afternoon, giving Georgia College soccer (6-4-2, 4-3 PBC) a 2-1 victory at UNC Pembroke (5-5, 4-2 PBC).  

An off-balance attempt by Barys slipped past the UNCP goalkeeper, after a pass from Rahliat Animashaun (New Orleans, Louisiana). The assist was Animashaun's second of the contest. Barys' goal gives the senior 14 in her career, good for fourth in school history.

The scoring started late, as both teams reached halftime scoreless. The Bobcats doubled up UNCP in first-half shot attempts, 6-3.

The first goal of the game came off the foot of Maddie Stephen (Norcross, Georgia) in the 58th minute. Stephen took a pass from Animashaun and fired it into the far post from the top of the box.

The UNCP equalizer came in the 80th minute, when Katie Watkins scored her third of the season. Barys nearly ended the game in the 88th minute, firing off the final shot of regulation, saved by the UNCP keeper.  

The Bobcats controlled much of play in the first overtime period, taking all three shots in the frame, including two on target. The first shot of overtime period two didn't come until the 104th minute, as Haley Tidwell (Macon, Georgia) saw her attempt get blocked. Barys then struck gold a little over three minutes later. The Bobcats didn't allow UNCP a single shot in either overtime.

Defending Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Goalkeeper of the Week Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia) made four stops in five tries for the win, while UNCP's Janae Aiken stopped six shots in the loss.

Georgia College is now 2-1-2 in overtime contests this season.

The win gives GC Soccer 12 points, putting them in a tie for third in the PBC Standings and just a single point behind the first-place tie. The top eight teams advance to the PBC Tournament in November.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m., traveling to Tusculum College (5-5-1)  in non-conference action.

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