MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With freshman Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) tallying two goals and an assist, the Georgia College soccer team (2-5, 1-0 PBC) started off the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) season on the right foot Tuesday, dropping the University of Montevallo (2-5, 0-2 PBC) 4-0 at Bobcat Field.
Classmate Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) got the scoring started in the fourth minute. Junior defender Jamie Colcord (Marietta, Ga.) rocketed a shot attempt from over 30 yards out that Dalton deflected past the Falcon goalkeeper for Dalton's first goal, and Colcord's team-best second assist of the season.
GC made it 2-0 when Veilleux netted the first goal of her career, following a shot classmate Tatum O'Keefe (Buford, Ga.) knocked off Montevallo goalkeeper Kaitlin Thomas for a 2-0 lead with 19 minutes left in the second half.
Veilleux added a successful penalty kick with 8:15 left in the game, then found senior Karen Bonilla (Manassas, Va.) for a breakaway goal with 1:53 remaining. It was the first goal for Bonilla and the first assist for Veilleux this season.
Freshman Taylor Cornelius (Dacula, Ga.) picked up her first collegiate win, making six saves in her 85:04. Freshman Michelle DeMaris (Suwanee, Ga.) capped the final 4:56 for the first action of her young career. Thomas finished with nine saves to take the loss.
The four goals was the most for the Bobcats in nearly a year, getting a 4-0 victory over the University of West Georgia Sept. 25, 2010. GC hadn't scored four goals in a conference match since a 5-1 win over Georgia Southwestern State University Oct. 7, 2008.
Veilleux's five points are the most for a GC player since Hayley Ferrell (2005-08) scored two goals and had two assists in the 6-0 rout of Clayton State University Oct. 22, 2008.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. at GSW.
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