Bobcat Soccer Passes Lander in PBC Quarterfinal on Penalty Kicks

Sophomore Lydia Atkinson
Sophomore Lydia Atkinson
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GREENWOOD, S.C. – In a defensive thriller from start to finish, the No. 7-seed Georgia College Soccer team (10-5-4) upset No. 2-seed Lander University (12-2-2), the Bobcats taking the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Quarterfinal in penalty kicks.

In the kicks, Lander started first, and Juliette Vidal made good on her attempt. Bobcat senior Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) made good on her attempt to even things up. Lander's Victoria Lange hit on the second attempt for Lander, but freshman Madi Diaz Granados (Apopka, Florida) evened things out once again, firing a shot into the upper left corner.

Bobcat keeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia) made a stop on attempt three for the Bearcats, but Lander's Hannah Cowan stopped her first one to keep things even. Lander's Kelcie Fisher connected with the crossbar on her attempt, leaving an opening for the Bobcats. Freshman Lydia Atkinson (Monroe, Georgia) went to the right side and off the diving hand of Cowan to get Georgia College in front. With everything on the line, Graham dove to the left and made one final stop to send the Bobcats to the PBC Semifinals.

The Bobcats out-shot Lander 11-4 in the first half, but Lander started to even things out in the second with a 7-4 advantage. The two overtime periods were also empty for the squads, as Lander held the advantage in extra-period shots 5-3.

The win advances Georgia College to the semifinals, where they will take on No. 6-seed Young Harris College. The Mountain Lions won their own series of penalty kicks to upset No. 3-seed Flagler College tonight. The Bobcats' semifinal matchup takes place at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.

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