MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Soccer team (5-1-1, 0-1-1 PBC) fell just one goal short on the road as they were defeated by the University of North Georgia (4-1-0, 1-0-0 PBC) Wednesday, 2-1.
The evening was one to remember for the reigning Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Goalkeeper of the Week Ashlee Graham (Decatur). After recording a save in the first half of the contest, Graham moved into sole possession of first place on the Bobcats' all-time career saves leaderboard. She tallied a total of seven saves on the night, which also helped her move up to seventh on the PBC career saves list as well.
North Georgia opened up the scoring early in the first half with a goal in the 10th minute; just the second goal the Bobcat defense allowed all season. Though the teams combined for 12 more shots in the first period, the score remained 1-0 at the half.
A solid buildup of play set up the Bobcat equalizer, ending with a perfect ball placement into the net by senior forward Sofia Lekas (Lizella), unassisted. The goal is Lekas' third of the season and first in PBC-play.
But the game winning goal came from the foot of a Nighthawk player when they scored again in the 75th minute. The Bobcats had a few more chances but could not net the game-tying goal before the buzzer sounded.
The loss is just the first for the Bobcats this season.
Georgia College resumes action Saturday, Sept. 22 when they return home to continue PBC-play against the Georgia Southwestern University Hurricanes at Bobcat Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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