GREENWOOD, S.C. – The Georgia College soccer squad (4-3, 1-1 PBC) matched its highest-scoring effort of the young season Wednesday at Lander University (6-0, 2-0 PBC), falling 4-3 in overtime.
The Bobcats owned a 3-0 lead at the halftime break. Junior Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) got the scoring started with her fourth goal of the season just over five minutes into the contest. Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) found Veilleux for Dalton's fourth assist this season.
Freshman Cayce Hamilton (Duluth, Ga.) made it 3-0 at the break with a pair of goals in the final two minutes of the half. Hamilton scored off an assist from Veilleux with 1:52 remaining, then again on a solo effort 33 seconds later. The goals were the first two of Hamilton's career.
The Bearcats came back with a vengeance in the second half, netting a strike in the 53rd minute, an unassisted effort from Casey Black. Nina Morales pulled them within one with her score in the 59th minute off a pass from Taylor Piorkowski.
Jaymee Gibbons provided the equalizer with 25:22 remaining in regulation, another solo effort.
The two squads battled for the remainder of regulation, Lander out-shooting Georgia College 8-4 during that stretch, setting the table for overtime.
The first shot of overtime would do the trick, as Kimberly Kesler took an attempt that was blocked, and a Black fired home the game-winner.
In an offensive effort, Lander out-shot the Bobcats 24-13, getting a 12-5 advantage in corner kicks as well.
Freshman Jessica Catapano (Alpharetta, Ga.) was busy, making eight saves in 12 tries in the loss, Lander's Katie Lyle stopped four of the seven Bobcat efforts on frame.
Dalton now ranks second in Georgia College history with 14 career assists, two behind Jamie Nevin. The goal today by Veilleux gave her sole possession of second place in the Bobcat career ranks, breaking a tie with Nevin.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m., hosting No. 7 University of North Georgia.
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