MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Soccer team (5-4) tallied a season-high four goals in the 4-1 win over Albany State University (0-8) Wednesday night at Bobcat Field.
Georgia College posted a pair of goals in each half, including two in the second from Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) to take the first meeting between the Bobcats and Golden Rams in women's soccer.
Junior Sofia Lekas (Lizella) got the scoring started with her third goal of the season in the 19th minute, a finish to the left side of the net after working around the right side of the defense. Erin Ferris (Atlanta) found Lekas down the right side.
The Bobcats took a 2-0 advantage with a penalty kick strike from junior Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City) in the 20th minute. The dynamic forward leads the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in goals on the season with eight.
In the second half, Becca Morris (Marietta) blasted a shot into an ASU defender. The carom landed right at Bjarnadottir's feet, who then slipped it into the net for a 3-0 lead in the 61st minute. In the 68th minute, Bartholomew gathered a loose ball in the box and sent it back to Bjarnadottir, who pounded it home for the 4-0 advantage. The goals were the first two for her this season.
The Golden Rams made a notch on the scoreboard in the 69th minute, as Izzy Salazar sent a bouncing cross through the box that no one could get a handle on, until Sydney Bishop drove it through with her upper leg.
Junior Ashlee Graham (Decatur) made five saves in the win, while Abby Whiteside tallied 11 in the loss.
The first-half goal brings Bartholomew to 16 in her career at Georgia College, tied with Ally Barys (2012-15) for fourth in school history.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., traveling to No. 12 Flagler College.
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