Bobcat Soccer Scores Early in 5-1 Rout at Francis Marion

Sophomore Kayla Ruiz
Sophomore Kayla Ruiz


FLORENCE, S.C. – A lightening delay was about the only thing that could stop a potent Georgia College Soccer (7-1-1, 2-1-1 PBC) offense Wednesday, as they scored four first-half goals in a 5-1 victory at Francis Marion University (2-5, 0-3 PBC).

Senior Sofia Lekas (Lizella, Georgia) got the scoring started in the 16th minute with a high arching shot buried into the upper left corner. Freshman Brooke Adams (Kennesaw, Georgia) picked up the assist on Lekas' fifth goal of the year.

In the 25th minute, Becca Morris (Marietta, Georgia) found Kayla Ruiz (Milton, Georgia) for the latter's first goal in a Bobcat uniform. Ruiz found paydirt from 16 yards out.

Senior Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City, Georgia) made it 3-0 with sixth goal of the year, taking a loose clear into the back of the net. Ruiz wasn't done yet, pounding one more goal across from 12 yards out. Cassie Balzano (Douglasville, Georgia) recorded the assist on Ruiz's second strike.

Freshman Madi Diaz Granados (Apopka, Florida) added the first goal of her career in the second half, connecting with fellow freshman Alyssa Bergamini (West Suffield, Connecticut) on a corner. The lone FMU score came in the 76th minute, as Dayle McEwen made good on a penalty kick.

Senior Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia) made three saves in the win, working the first 73 minutes of the match.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m., traveling to Albany State University.

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