Bobcat Soccer Ties UNC Pembroke, 2-2

Sophomore forward Cassie Balzano
Sophomore forward Cassie Balzano
PEACH BELT STANDINGS

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — The Georgia College Soccer team (9-3-3, 3-2-3 PBC) battled to a 2-2 tie with UNC Pembroke (7-4-1, 4-3-1 PBC) Saturday at Bobcat Field.

Georgia College netted both of its goals in the first half. Sophomore Cassie Balzano (Douglasville) headed home a cross from the right side off the foot of senior Unnbjorg Omarsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) for the first score in the second minute. The score was Balzano's third this season.

Omarsdottir doubled the advantage in the 12th minute, deflecting a free kick from junior Erin Ferris (Atlanta) for a 2-0 lead. For Omarsdottir, it was her second goal of the season, and seventh in her career.

The teams reached the half with the Bobcats in front by a pair. Things got crazy late.

Beginning in the 86th minute, UNCP tied the game on goals less than two minutes apart, on virtually the same setup. A ball played into the right corner, crossed to the middle and finished on a one-timer. Carly Rochelle scored the first, and Alexis Pittman picked up the equalizer.

Neither team managed a shot in the first overtime, while the second overtime featured just four shot attempts, three from the Bobcats.

Bobcat senior Ashlee Graham (Decatur) made eight saves in the match, Gina Ryan stopped three for the Braves.

The tie keeps GC Soccer undefeated at home, a 4-0-2 mark. The undefeated streak moves to 8-0-2 if you include last season.

The tie gives Bobcat Soccer 12 team points in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Standings, good for sixth place. The top eight squads advance to the conference tourney, beginning Oct. 30. The Bobcats have a pair of PBC matches left.

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m., hosting Converse College for Bobcat Senior Day.

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