SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 8-seed Georgia College women's soccer team (5-14) was edged by the No. 1-seed Armstrong Pirates (13-2-3) 1-0 Tuesday in the opening round of the 2011 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament.
Armstrong's leading scorer, Kristina Pascutti made good on a breakaway opportunity with 16:19 left in the second half for the game's only strike.
The Bobcats went toe-to-toe with the PBC Regular-Season Champions in the first half, and despite being out-shot 15-1, reached the halftime horn tied 0-0. Armstrong nearly netted a goal with less than a minute remaining, but a big team save helped keep the game scoreless.
GC had some solid offensive play early in the second half, getting multiple shots off and controlling field position, but weren't able to get the lead.
For the score, Pascutti took a loose ball that wasn't cleared strongly enough, and cut through the middle of the defense. Bobcat goalkeeper Taylor Cornelius (Dacula, Ga.) needed to make a move, and Pascutti deftly evaded her to the left side and tapped in the game-winner.
Cornelius nabbed a career-high 14 saves in the game, while Meghan Mayville had four stops in the shutout.
The loss brings the 2011 season to a close for Georgia College, a young squad that battled in every contest, with 11 of the team's 14 losses coming by one goal each.
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