MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The excitement of Tatum O'Keefe's (Buford, Ga.) first career goal wasn't enough for Georgia College soccer (3-9, 2-3 PBC) as the Bobcats fell 2-1 to Columbus State University (8-3-2, 3-2-1 PBC) Saturday at Bobcat Field.
O'Keefe's goal was a thing of beauty to get things going in the first half. In the 19th minute, freshman Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) worked the ball past midfield and found a runner on the left side in O'Keefe. Veilleux hit her in stride, O'Keefe took a touch then fired with her left foot from deep on the left side. The ball skimmed the bottom of the crossbar, then ricocheted into the net for a 1-0 lead. The assist was Veilleux's team-leading third.
CSU got the equalizer on a broken play just over 12 minutes into the second half. Jackie Ellis took a loose ball on the right side and trickled it past the defense and into the net. The game-winner came with 10:54 on the clock, as Emily Husted netted her fifth goal of the season off a shot rebound.
The Bobcat goalkeepers split the game, with Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.) getting the start and making five saves in 45 minutes. Taylor Cornelius (Dacula, Ga.) made four saves in six tries in the second half. Mary Mancin picked up the win for the Cougars, saving four of the five shots she faced.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m., traveling to UNC Pembroke.
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