|PEACH BELT STANDINGS|
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With all of the fireworks happening in the first half, the Georgia College Soccer team (10-4-3, 3-3-3 PBC) fell 2-1 to Young Harris College (6-7, 4-5 PBC) Wednesday at Bobcat Field.
The loss is the first of the season at home, as the Bobcats were bidding to go undefeated in Milledgeville for the first time since 2008.
Miranda Simpson scored the first goal for the Mountain Lions in the 10th minute, heading home a ball lifted from a corner by Lucero Robayo. Baylee Roche doubled the lead by making good on a penalty kick in the 16th minute.
The Bobcats cut the lead in half in the 21st minute, when senior Savanna DeValle (Cairo) lined up a free-kick opportunity just inside the midfield line. DeValle's deep floating ball found the sliding foot of classmate Sofia Lekas (Lizella) for the score. The goal was her ninth this season.
The 2-1 lead would hold for the rest of the match, despite the Bobcats out-shooting YHC 8-2 after halftime. Georgia College netminder Ashlee Graham (Decatur) made five saves in the loss, while Pien Van Kampen stopped six for the win.
The loss keeps the Bobcats at 12 points in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Standings, tied with the Mountain Lions for sixth. The Bobcats have clinched a playoff spot, as the top eight advance to the PBC Tournament Oct. 30.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. traveling to USC Aiken to wrap up the regular season.
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