DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Powered by the first hat trick for Georgia College soccer (4-4, 1-2 PBC) since 2007, the Bobcats out-lasted No. 5 North Georgia (7-1, 1-1 PBC) 3-2 Saturday. The first loss of the season for the Saints, they also become the highest-ranked victory in Bobcat soccer history.
Sophomore Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) posted two goals in the first half, with three total, to power the offense. GC has had just three hat tricks in school history, Lyric Burnett (2006-09) in 2006 and Hayley Ferrell (2005-08) in 2007.
GC entered halftime up 2-0, then the Saints equalized within the first 10 minutes of the second half. Abby Trevino cleaned up a loose ball in front of the box for a 2-2 score.
After both teams peppered shots back and forth, Veilleux got the game-winner off a pass from senior Olivia Holden (Fishers, Ind.) with 14:45 left on the clock. The goal took the wind out of the Saints' sails, as they managed just a single shot for the remainder of the contest.
Veilleux got the scoring started after 12 minutes of back-and-forth action, taking a pass from junior Brittaney Borror (Evans, Ga.) to the bottom right corner of the net. Veilleux made it 2-0 from long range, knocking in a 25-yarder in the 28th minute.
North Georgia's first strike came 43 seconds into the second half, as Cicely Taliaferro stole an attempted clear and scored, setting up Trevino's equalizer.
Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.) made 16 saves in the victory, tying the school record set by Michelle Parr in 2004, the inaugural year of GC soccer. Mallory Sayre made six stops in the loss.
Borror's assist gives her eight in her career, tying her for eighth all-time with Kayla Emerson (2007-10) and Megan McAlpin (2008-10). Veilleux now has nine goals in her career, good for seventh, a tie with Tami Pissott (2004-05) and Jeni Day (2006-08).
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m., traveling to No. 18 Columbus State University.
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