MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In a crucial matchup of teams battling for Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament positioning, the Georgia College soccer team (5-6-1, 2-4-1 PBC) battled to a 2-2 draw with UNC Pembroke (5-4-2, 2-4-1 PBC) Saturday at Bobcat Field.
Sophomore Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) got the scoring started just 4:19 into the contest. Classmate Lindsey Knott (Macon, Ga.) sent a ball into the right corner, that Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) corralled then crossed to Dalton. GC's leader in assists this season, Dalton fired through the defense for her second goal this season.
The Bobcats kept the advantage into the half. Amalia Arvidsson's team-best seventh goal tied the contest just 2:20 in to the second half. Arvidsson fired from about 35 yards out to get the equalizer.
It was the senior Haley O'Hayer (Savannah, Ga.) who had the response, less than 10 minutes later. She tracked down a loose ball in the left corner, dribbled past a defender, then cracked a shot from the edge of the box into the right side of the net. The goal was O'Hayer's third this season.
With 10:08 remaining, Arvidsson got loose on a breakaway, tried a header and collided with goalkeeper Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.). The ricochet popped loose to Julia Nytorp, who found the net for a 2-2 score, Nytorp's fourth on the year.
The overtime periods proved fruitless, with UNCP out-shooting the Bobcats 5-2. GC still had more shots overall at 27-23.
UNCP goalkeeper Britney Bennett made 12 saves in 14 tries, going the distance. Stephens exited after allowing that second goal, making nine saves. Taylor Cornelius (Dacula, Ga.) added a save in her 27:33 of work.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. hosting No. 14 University of North Alabama.
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