#21 Bobcats Blank Saints 2-0, Clinch Home Playoff Game


DAHLONEGA, Ga. - In what has become the norm, the No. 21 Georgia College & State University soccer team (12-1-3, 5-1-1 PBC) picked up their 11th shutout of the 16 game season, this time handcuffing North Georgia (7-6-2, 4-3 PBC) 2-0 tonight (Oct. 29).

The Bobcats picked up a goal in each half, as senior forward Hayley Ferrell (Hampton, Ga.) hit her 10th of the season in the first stanza, her fifth this year of the game-winning variety. She took a pass from sophomore Ally Treat (Fayetteville, Ga.) and sent a liner inside the left post in the 21st minute.

Ferrell and junior Lyric Burnett (Douglasville, Ga.) teamed up to find freshman Megan McAlpin (Newnan, Ga.) for the second strike during the 51st minute. The goal was McAlpin's fifth.

Sophomore netminder Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) improved upon her league-leading numbers, making seven stops for the shutout, her seventh of the season.

The win gives the Bobcats a guaranteed home game in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) playoffs, set to begin Nov. 4. Opponents are to be determined by the final few contests this season. The Bobcats are now third in the PBC standings, but could finish as high as first.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. at PBC-leader No. 4 Columbus State University (15-3, 6-0 PBC). The Cougars host Georgia Southwestern State University tonight.

The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs over three seasons. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.