by Kyle Collins, sports information student assistant
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Georgia College & State University (5-1-1) soccer team crunched the Mars Hill College Lions (4-3-3) 3-0 tonight (Sept. 26, 2008) at Meares Stadium, posting another shutout.
The Georgia College defense frustrated the opposition as the Lions only mustered eight shots with three on goal. Meanwhile, the Bobcats relied on their team speed to hurl 17 total shots with three scoring strikes. The shutout was the fifth of the season for Georgia College, as the Bobcats haven't surrendered a goal in the last 229 minutes and nine seconds.
The first scoring play for the Bobcats came at the 30:07 mark as junior Daria Owen (Snellville, Ga.) got her first of the season from 40 yards out. The offense warmed up in the cool, damp air as junior Morgan Cobb (Cataula, Ga.) assisted freshman Megan McAlpin's (Newnan, Ga.) breakaway goal just before halftime, McAlpin's second.
Coming out in the second half, Georgia College maintained tempo with four shots on goal leading up to the final goal of the night. At 21:26 remaining in the second half, Kayla Emerson (Fayetteville, Ga.) scored her first goal of the season off a rebound to put the Bobcats comfortably ahead.
Goalie Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) played a complete game as she stopped all three shots on goal. The Bobcat defense has allowed only two goals in seven games this season.
Next up for the Bobcats is a home battle against The University of North Alabama Sunday, Sept. 28 starting at 2 p.m. The Bobcat defense looks to shut down Brazilian forward Tassia Augusto, who already has 14 goals this season.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.