MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -The No. 19 Georgia College & State University soccer team (13-1-4, 6-1-2 PBC) shredded the Lander University Bearcats (7-9-1, 1-5-2 PBC) 2-0 in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament tonight (Nov. 4) at Bobcat Field.
This was Georgia College's seventh shutout at home this season setting adding to a school-record with 13 overall for the season. The Bobcats are also undefeated at home this season as well as undefeated at home in all-time PBC Tournament play. This win puts them ahead 3-1-2 in all-time meetings against Lander.
GCSU struck early at 6:59 when Kara Teresi (Tampa, Fla.) sailed a free kick past goalie Katherine Baltz to lead 1-0 over the Bearcats. The goal was Teresi's first this season. Baltz, who snagged four shots tonight with a complete game effort, gave up another goal in the second half.
"I'm proud of the team," said head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "They kept control of the ball and their emotions in what was an extremely physical game."
The Bobcat defensive line stood its ground allowing only two shots to reach goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.). Plunkett had two second-half saves during her 90 minutes of playing time.
In the second period, Daria Owen (Snellville, Ga.) and Jeni Day (Marietta, Ga.) worked around the Lander defense on the right side to find the foot of freshman Megan McAlpin (Newnan, Ga.) who netted the second goal of the night. The goal was McAlpin's sixth of the season while the assist was the second this year for both Owen and Day.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Nov. 7 in Evans, Ga. at Blachard Woods Park as they take on the No. 2-seed team, No. 10 UNC-Pembroke (17-1-1, 6-1-1 PBC). During regular season play, the Lady Braves gave Georgia College its only loss of the season 1-0. Kick-off begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday for the semifinals of the conference tournament.
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.