by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- The Georgia College & State University (2-0-1) soccer defense dominated Limestone College (0-3) in the smoldering heat today 1-0.
The only goal of the game was scored by senior Hayley Ferrell (Hampton, Ga.) in the 34th minute. Farrell's 32nd career goal came off a dead ball from Kara Teresi (Tampa, Fla.) that was sent to Jessica Newland (Hiram, Ga.). Farrell had four attempts for the day with two of those being shots on goal.
"We've made progress since the home opener on our attack game," said Georgia College head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "It's been a very good week for the program, but we would like to extend that 1-0 win."
With both teams battling 90-plus degree heat, the Bobcat defense protected their goal in the first period, out-shooting the Lady Saints 12-3. Limestone's Diane Boyce grabbed one save in the first half as did Georgia College's Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.).
During the second period, the Georgia College continued their defensive domination. Georgia College controlled the game allowing only one shot after halftime, giving Plunkett her second save of the game. On defense, Limestone allowed 10 shots in the second period bringing the total shot count to 22-4 favoring GCSU.
The Lady Saints saw shots from three different players, Amanda Lear, Lura Carter and Ashley Alderin-Fleagle. Lear attributed for two of Limestone's four shots. Lear and Fleagle both had shots on goal.
"It was a solid defensive effort by the team," said Favero. "We didn't let them attack our goal. This was a big result on such a hot day."
Boyce kept the score close for the Lady Saints with five saves in the second period giving her a total of six for the day. She was all over the box diving left and right to make saves. She was also peppered with 13 corner attempts, while Limestone didn't manage a single one.
The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, Sept. 11 at Bobcat Field with a 7 p.m. start time against the University of Montevallo.
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