SAVANNAH, Ga. – Head coach Hope Clark and the No. 6-seed Georgia College women's soccer team (9-7-2) defeated No. 3-seed Armstrong Atlantic State University (11-4-3) in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Tuesday afternoon, 2-1. The win marks the first home loss for Armstrong since 2008 and the Bobcats' first win in program history at the Pirates' home field.
Tied 1-1 in the waning minutes of the match and headed toward overtime for the second time this season with Armstrong, junior Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) put the Bobcats in front with just over two minutes left. Freshman Alex Giles (Dacula, Ga.) dribbled down the left side of the box, crossed it to Dalton, who then beat the goalkeeper Morgan Luckie on the left side for the eventual game-winner. The goal continues a special year for Dalton, as she broke the school's career assist total earlier in the season.
"I'm very proud of our team today for their heart, effort and pride," said coach Clark. "This is a huge program win. To beat Armstrong once this year was an accomplishment, but twice is a true character-building moment. They really pushed hard today and left everything out on the field. We are excited about the trip to Evans, this weekend to represent Bobcat Nation."
The Bobcats fell behind early in the match with a goal from Kennedi Herman 11 minutes into the contest, her third of the season. Taylor Valley headed the ball to Herman, giving her a one-on-one against Bobcat netminder Jessica Catapano (Alpharetta, Ga.). Georgia College settled in on defense as the match progressed, only allowing six shots in the first half.
Heading into the second period with the Bobcats down 1-0, sophomore Kacey McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.) stepped up for Georgia College with her third goal on the season. McInerney controlled the ball off a deflection in the box and found the equalizer. The sophomore tied the game for the Bobcats 1-1 with 29 minutes left in the match, setting the stage for Dalton's late-minute heroics.
Catapano played all 90 minutes for Georgia College, adding her eighth win on the season and four saves on the day. Armstrong put Luckie in goal for the match, playing all 90 minutes and making three stops.
After knocking out the reigning PBC Regular-Season and Tournament Champion, the Bobcats are next to face No. 2-seed Columbus State University. The quarterfinal match is set to take place Friday, Nov. 8 in Evans, Ga. with more details to come. CSU edged No. 7-seed UNC Pembroke 1-0 in quarterfinal action tonight.
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