HICKORY, N.C. - Giving up a trio of scoring chances that came more from defensive lapses than offensive play, the Georgia College & State University soccer team dropped a 3-1 exhibition match at Lenoir-Rhyne College today (Aug. 23).
The Bobcats went into the half down a goal after the defense misplayed a ball back to the goalkeeper, leaving the net wide open for a Bear goal.
After an own goal put the Bobcats down 2-0, Georgia College took advantage of a LRC misplay for its lone strike of the game. Junior forward Lyric Burnett (Douglasville, Ga.) took a ball from the feet of the Bear goalkeeper and cut the Lenoir-Rhyne lead in half with just over five minutes left.
In the waning minutes, the Bears upped the lead once again, making good on a penalty-kick try.
Sophomore Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) got the start in goal, making four saves on five tries. Again Megan Rothenberg (Knoxville, Tenn.) closed out the game, stopping two shots in three attempts.
"I'm obviously disappointed with the outcome, but the goals came in such strange situations that I have to hope we can shore up our defensive effort," said Georgia College head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "That is why we play these exhibition games, but we definitely have a lot of work to do before they start counting for real."
The Bobcats kick off the regular season this week at Bobcat Field on Georgia College's West Campus, battling Belmont Abbey College Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.
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