MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Faced with an early 0-2 deficit, the Georgia College soccer team (4-10, 3-4 PBC) rebounded and nearly beat No. 10 North Georgia (11-1, 6-1 PBC) in a 3-2 thriller Saturday at Bobcat Field.
The leading scorer in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), North Georgia's Emily Dover got the Saints started to the 2-0 lead with her 11th and 12th goals of the season. The first came just 1:37 into the contest, while the second came with 14:09 left in the first half.
Not letting the game get away from them, the Bobcats answered with a beautifully set up score at the 5:43 mark, cutting the lead in half. Sophomore Brittaney Borror (Evans, Ga.) crossed midfield and found Erin Griffin (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in traffic in the middle; the freshman showed great touch in dropping it off to the right for classmate Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) for the score. The goal was Veilleux's third of the season.
The Bobcats evened up the score in the second half, when sophomore Taylor Yee (Johns Creek, Ga.) cracked a shot from dead center at about 40-yards out, skimmed the underside of the crossbar and crossed the line behind the Saints' keeper. Yee now has two goals this season.
North Georgia got the deciding goal with 17:29 left in the second half, when Kayla Croom deflected a Cicely Taliaferro shot for the 3-2 lead.
Freshmen Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Taylor Cornelius (Dacula, Ga.) split time in net, with Stephens making four saves in six tries, and Cornelius stopping four of her five shots faced. Saint goalkeeper Kirsten Ross made three saves in the win.
The loss keeps the Bobcats at nine points on the season, good for a tie with Flagler College for seventh in the PBC standings. The top eight teams advance to the PBC Tournament at the end of the month.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., hosting No. 22 Armstrong (10-2-1, 7-0 PBC) for the annual "Think Pink" game for breast cancer awareness. The Pirates most recently beat the University of Montevallo today 3-0.
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