MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A Haley Tidwell (Macon) goal with 7.2 seconds left in regulation capped a thrilling Georgia College soccer (10-7-2) victory over UNC Pembroke (8-9-1) in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Quarterfinal Wednesday.
Due to recent and persistent rains in the area, the match was played at the Baldwin County Soccer Complex instead of Bobcat Field. The Bobcats earned the right to host the quarterfinal matchup after finishing fourth in the PBC Standings. The No. 4-seed Bobcats advance to play No. 1-seed Columbus State University Friday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.
With the matchup tied at 1-1, the Bobcats put on the pressure over the final three minutes. When a corner attempt was scooped up by the No. 5-seed UNCP goalkeeper, with 30 seconds left, it appeared as though the match would head to overtime.
On the ensuing punt, the Bobcats showed crisp passing, including a laser-beam through ball from Rahliat Animashaun (New Orleans, Louisiana) to Tidwell, who gathered from the right side and scorched the net for the match-winner with 7.2 tics left.
The Bobcats scored first just after halftime, when Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Unnbjorg Omarsdottir) found Animashaun open in front after Omarsdottir worked her way into the right corner in the 48th minute. The goal was Animashaun's second of the season.
The single strike held up until the 86th minute, when Rae-Shawna Campbell took a poorly hit defensive clear by the Bobcats into the upper left corner for the 1-1 tie. Campbell's second goal of the season set up Tidwell's heroics.
Bobcat goalkeeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur) made six saves in the win, while Janae Aiken had nine in the loss. The Bobcats out-shot UNCP 20-16, including 11-7 in shots on goal.
Georgia College is now 4-0 in PBC Tournament openers played at home all-time.
The Bobcats return to action in the PBC Semifinal against Columbus State Friday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. Visit the tournament site at http://www.peachbeltconference.org/Tournaments/15-16/15soccer/index for ticket and travel information.
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