Bobcat Soccer Stumbles in Regular Season Finale, 5-4

Senior forward Sofia Lekas
Senior forward Sofia Lekas
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AIKEN, S.C. – The Georgia College Soccer program (10-5-3, 3-4-3 PBC) finished the regular season with a road loss Saturday, falling 5-4 at USC Aiken (4-10-1, 2-7-1 PBC).

The Bobcats started out hot, scoring the first two goals of the match and leading at the break 3-1. A four-goal second-half rally would give the Pacers the come-from-behind win.

Sophomore Cassie Balzano (Douglasville, Georgia) scored the first goal in the fourth minute, taking a short pass from senior Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) home for Balzano's fourth goal of the season.

Senior Sofia Lekas (Lizella, Georgia) doubled the advantage just 2:26 later, finding the net with a sliding shot.

After Gressa Olson cut the lead in half in the 22nd minute, Omarsdottir headed in her fourth goal of the season on a corner from Becca Morris (Marietta, Georgia) for the 3-1 halftime lead.

The Pacers then went on a tear in the second, getting four-straight goals. Amanda Raleigh scored on a free kick in the 60th minute, Baylea Payne on another free kick in the 62nd minute, Willa Olson on a free kick in the 64th minute, and then Willa Olson again in the 74th minute.

Lekas netted her 11th goal of the season in the 79th minute, but the Bobcats could inch no closer.

With the two goals, Lekas now has 17 in her career, tied with Jamie Nevin (2009) for fourth in program history. Lekas' 40 points is fifth in the school recordbooks, passing Abby Dalton (2014) and Ally Barys (2015) in today's action.

Omarsdottir now has 11 career assists, moving her into a tie with Britni Emerson (2007) and Emily Norris (2007) for fourth in school history.  

The Bobcats now await seeding for the upcoming Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament, set to begin Oct. 30. Georgia College has 12 points, tied with Young Harris College for sixth, but the Mountain Lions own the season victory, so the Bobcats will be the No. 7-seed.

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