ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – With so much on the line it only seems fitting that the match couldn't be settled in regulation, as Georgia College soccer (9-7-2, 7-4 PBC) edged Flagler College (8-5-2, 5-5-1 PBC) 1-0 in overtime, the Bobcats earning the right to host a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Quarterfinal Tuesday.
"I am so proud of this team and program, they set their vision as a team and strived daily for a top-four finish," said head coach Hope Clark. "Today was just another amazing Bobcat win—a true team effort against a solid opponent. I am so happy for these ladies right now!"
The two teams reached the end of regulation scoreless, nearly staying that way until the end of the first 10-minute overtime period as well.
Junior Sol Baldassini (Miami, Florida) sent a corner kick into the box with less than three minutes remaining. Senior Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, California) directed a header into the lower right side for the win. The goal was Barys' fifth this season, the assist for Baldassini her second.
The game was balanced, as the Saints led in shots on goal at 7-5. Corner attempts were dominated by Flagler, the Saints had 11, and the one Georgia College scored on was their first of the game.
Freshman Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia) made five saves in the shutout, her third this season.
The Bobcat victory gives Georgia College a PBC Quarterfinal matchup at home Tuesday, Nov. 3 taking on UNC Pembroke.
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