MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College soccer team (4-6, 1-4 PBC) were edged at Bobcat Field Saturday by Clayton State University (7-3, 3-1 PBC) 2-1.
GC struck first in the 21st minute, as a well-placed Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) pass found Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Offensive Player of the Week Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) running on the left side. Veilleux fired for the right side, and the ball tipped off the hands of the Laker goalkeeper and into the net. The goal was Veilleux's fifth of the year, all coming in the last two weeks.
The remainder of the half went scoreless, setting up the second-half outburst from Clayton State.
The Lakers' first goal came from a penalty kick just 7:22 into the second half, as Silvia Espelt made good on her deadball chance, her third goal of the season.
The winner came with 29:20 left in the game, as Becky Brown led Natalia Valentine past the defense with a pass, and Valentine cashed in for her eighth score.
The Lakers split time in net, with Charlotte McCormack taking the second half for the win with one save. Sophomore Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.) made seven stops in nine tries in the loss.
The Veilleux goal gives her 10 in her two-year career, moving her to sixth place in school history, a tie with Kayla Emerson (2007-10).
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m., hosting Young Harris College.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.