EVANS, Ga. – The Georgia College soccer team (10-7-2) couldn't have picked a better time for the first win in program history over Columbus State University (14-6) as the No. 6-seed Bobcats edged the No. 2-seed Cougars 2-1 Friday afternoon at Blanchard Woods Park in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Semifinals.
"I am so proud of the ladies for their effort today," said head coach Hope Clark. "This is such an accomplishment for our program and it has been an amazing experience for the team and staff. I know they left it all on the field today. Credit to Columbus State and head coach Jay Entlich on their performance as well, it was a tough game, but a fun one."
Georgia College advances to the PBC Championship match for the first time in program history, getting a win in its third appearance in the conference semifinals.
Columbus State had owned a 13-match streak without a loss to the Bobcats (9-0-4), and had never lost in the PBC semifinals in school history.
The Bobcats did it by pouncing on the Cougars early, scoring twice within the first nine minutes.
Junior Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) scored the match's first with 43:43 remaining in the first half. The two-time All-PBC pick took a 14-yard shot in the box off a pass from Liz Franco (Alpharetta, Ga.). Veilleux's eighth goal of the year, the assist was the freshman Franco's first.
Tired of helping, Franco scored her own goal at the 41:50 mark, a shot with arc from 15 yards out. The goal was Franco's third, and the first assist of the season for Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, Calif.).
The Bobcats hit the halftime horn up 2-0 and not allowing a single shot from CSU. The Cougars picked up the pressure in the second half, out-shooting the Bobcats 10-4 and scoring the team's first goal in the 59th minute.
Goalkeeper Jessica Catapano (Alpharetta, Ga.) punched out a Cougar cross, which fell to PBC Freshman of the Year Nicole Corcione for her 10th goal.
Catapano finished with five saves, but none bigger than her last. With just over a minute remaining, the freshman had a one-on-one situation with Columbus State's Kelsey Pelletier, making a diving stop to preserve the one-goal lead.
The victory also gives Georgia College its first point in the 2013-14 "Battle for the Pickle Barrel" rivalry competition between the two schools. CSU still owns a 5-1 advantage after two wins in volleyball, one in soccer and both cross country teams posting a higher finish at the PBC Championship.
The Bobcats advance to face No. 1-seed Clayton State University (12-3-5) Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. The Lakers edged No. 4-seed Lander University 2-1 in overtime earlier today. Clayton and Georgia College fought to a 1-1 draw back on Oct. 5.
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