LAKELAND, Fla. – A penalty kick was the difference in another tough defensive battle as Bobcat Soccer (0-2) fell to Florida Southern College (2-0) on the road, 1-0.
The first half of the match was dominated by Georgia College offensively. The Bobcat forwards managed six shots but could not manage to sneak one past keeper Jenny Staten who finished with a pair of crucial saves. Cassie Balzano (Douglasville, Georgia) peppered the goal with four shots on the day, one of which was on target. Alyssa Bergamini (West Suffield, Connecticut) had the only other shot on goal in the contest.
With a penalty awarded to Florida Southern after a foul committed by Georgia College in the 59th minute, Rachel Peck slotted home the spot kick that proved to be the decisive goal in the contest.
Bobcat keeper Kate Richardson (Marietta, Georgia) saved each of the three shots she faced in open play, netting the full 90 minutes in the second game of her young career.
The next match for the Bobcats is the home opener on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. when they take on No. 19 Lincoln Memorial as part of the annual Bobcat Shootout under the lights at Bobcat Field.
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