by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.-The Georgia College & State University soccer team (6-1-1) destroyed the University of North Alabama (5-6) today, Sept. 28 in a 5-0 shutout.
The Bobcats lead the series against the Lions 3-0, with 14 total goals to one over the three games. Georgia College has not allowed any goals in the four home games this season, and haven't given up a goal in the last 319 minutes and nine seconds of play.
Senior forward Hayley Ferrell (Hampton, Ga.) scored back to back goals at 13:03 and 21:56. Striking first, Ferrell now leads the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in game winning goals with four for the season. While she was busy netting two, it was an afternoon of firsts for Karen Bonilla (Manassas, Va.). Her first career assist came off Ferrell's first goal of the game. The last Bobcat goal of the game was Bonilla's first career goal coming in the second period at 53:21 assisted by Ferrell.
Sophomore Kayla Emerson (Fayetteville, Ga.) also proved to be a double threat tacking up one goal and one assist. She teamed up with Leah Frazer (Mississauga, Canada) to assist Ferrell with her second goal. Emerson slammed in Georgia College's third goal at 24:19 with assistance from both Lyric Burnett (Douglasville, Ga.) and Daria Owen (Snellville, Ga.).
Even though she allowed five goals, North Alabama's Alex McLay saved 13. On the other end, Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) tacked up one save for the Bobcats in her 60 minutes of play. In the second half, Kristen Moore (Newnan, Ga.) saw 19 minutes and 25 seconds of playing time while Megan Rothenberg (Knoxville, Tenn.) saw 10:15 with one save.
The Lions' leading scorer, Tassia Agusto, was shutdown by the Bobcat defense. Augusto, who has 14 goals this season, was able to get off only one shot all day. Georgia College out-shot North Alabama 27-3 in today's shutout.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Bobcat Field beginning at 7 p.m. as they take on Lander University. This will be the second conference game of the season for GCSU.
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.