MORROW, Ga. – A bad-bounce first-half goal provided the difference Saturday, as the Georgia College soccer team (3-7, 2-2 PBC) lost 1-0 at Clayton State University (4-5, 1-3 PBC).
In a defensive battle, Clayton State got its only goal in a peculiar way. Lorna O'Connell entered the ball on a throw-in, which was deflected back to her by a Georgia College defender. The Laker then lofted the ball from 25 yards out into the penalty box, where it took a funny bounce over Georgia College goalkeeper Taylor Cornelius (Dacula, Ga.) and into the goal in the 11th minute.
The early goal nearly didn't hold up, as Clayton State goalkeeper Laoise O'Driscoll recorded nine saves, her biggest coming in the 73rd minute on a penalty kick. O'Driscoll thwarted the chance by the Bobcats' Brittany Borror (Evans, Ga.).
The Bobcats controlled the majority of offensive play, owning a 19-9 advantage in shots, adding a 10-5 nod in shots on goal. GC also took the corners battle 5-3.
Defending Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Goalkeeper of the Week Cornelius split time in net with fellow freshman Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.). The former made a pair of saves in three tries for the loss, while Stephens made two saves as well.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., traveling to the University of North Alabama (7-2). The Lions most recently beat Delta State University 1-0 Sept. 29.
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