AIKEN, S.C. – The start of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) season didn't go as hoped for Georgia College soccer (3-3, 0-1 PBC) as the Bobcats fell 2-0 at USC Aiken (2-4-1, 1-0 PBC) Saturday night.
Two second-half goals spoiled the Saturday night affair for GC.
The first strike came just 4:02 after the halftime break, as Aubrey Danielson scored off a rebound of Courtney Szabo's shot. The lead doubled in the 87th minute, as Megan Smits' second goal of the season found the net from 30 yards out. Heaven Tylee recorded the assist on the goal that put the game out of reach with 3:02 left in the second half.
The Bobcats dominated the shot column 17-5 in the first half, but the tides turned in the second stanza, as the Pacers held a 9-5 advantage. GC finished with 22 shots, led by sophomore Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) with six and classmate Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) at four.
Sophomore goalkeeper Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.) made three stops in four tries in the loss, while Alli Edens had the 11-save shutout for the Pacers.
The loss ends a two-match win streak for the Bobcats. Georgia College soccer is back in action Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. for "Green-Out" Night against Lander University. Georgia College President Dr. Steve Dorman will also be hosting a picnic for GC faculty, staff and students prior to the contest.
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