by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
EVANS, Ga. - After a second half surge, No. 8-seed University of Montevallo (8-8-3) upset a No. 4-seed Georgia College & State University soccer team (10-6-5) 2-1 in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament tonight (Nov. 6).
The Bobcats dominated the first period of play, looking strong after an early score. Senior Jamie Nevin (Grovetown, Ga.) netted the first goal of the contest unassisted off of a breakaway during the sixth minute. The goal was her second of the tournament, scoring the first goal in the quarterfinal contest against North Georgia Tuesday. She finishes with a team high of five goals for the 2009 campaign.
Patience worked in the Falcons' favor, as they continuously worked the ball into Bobcat territory in the second half, as Jenna Kuzemski nudged one in past Georgia College's Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) to knot things up at 1-1 during the 80th minute.
In the 87th minute, Erin Duncan took a penalty kick for Montevallo after being sandwiched between two Bobcat defenders in the box. Duncan's kick sailed into the right side of the net past a diving Plunkett. The play marked the second time Georgia College has been hurt by a penalty kick against the Falcons this season, tying them during the regular season due to a similar result.
With just 30 seconds left to play, the ‘Cats had all hands on deck pulling Plunkett out of box and into the play for a Georgia College corner kick taken by Daria Owen (Snellville, Ga.). Owen's ball found the head of Plunkett but couldn't capitalize on that or the ensuing loose-ball opportunity.
In the net, Montevallo's Alyssa Maxwell had snagged five saves, while all-conference Plunkett lassoed in six. Plunkett finishes the season with 86 saves and a GAA of 0.59.
Despite a difficult schedule, this was the third-straight double-digit win season for the Bobcats. Georgia College continues to be competitive in the Peach Belt, suffering just one loss in PBC play, and landing six players to the All-PBC teams this season, more than any other school.
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