Bobcat Soccer Collects Tie Against North Georgia, 1-1

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University soccer team (5-4-3, 1-0-2 PBC) tied North Georgia (4-3-2, 1-2-1 PBC) 1-1 after two overtimes at Bobcat Field this afternoon (Oct. 3). The tie is the second straight for the Bobcats and third this season.

Both teams put up seven shots each in the first period, but both came up dry. Fresh out of halftime, a Lyric Burnett (Douglasville, Ga.) pass found the foot of senior classmate Kara Teresi (Tampa, Fla.) off a breakaway to net the first goal of the game during the 47th minute. Teresi now leads the Bobcats with three for the season, while Burnett claimed her first assist for the 2009 campaign.

Not wasting any time, the Saints nearly answered back as Emily Bowen sent a sliding shot to a diving Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) in the 54th minute. Plunkett got a hand on the ball to get the save but with her lying prone on the ground the ball was still loose. As the North Georgia offense scrambled to take advantage of the open goal, the heady freshman Jamie Colcord (Marietta, Ga.) swooped in out of nowhere to send the ball out of the box while falling into the net herself.

Unwilling to accept defeat, the Saints continued to work their way into Bobcat territory. Kelsey Martin worked the ball into Leanne South, who sent one past the Georgia College keeper to tie things up at 1-1 in the 57th minute. The goal was South's first this season.

Neither team scored during the remainder of the second period despite Georgia College out-shooting North Georgia nine to three that half. The Saints answered back in the first overtime putting up two shots to the Bobcats' one.

Nearing the end of the second overtime, the ‘Cats had a spark of hope during the 107th minute, when Karen Bonilla (Manassas, Va.) lifted a pass over North Georgia's diving keeper to Teresi. Teresi netted the ball and the Bobcat bench stormed the field, only to be waved off by the official. The home team retreated to the bench as Georgia College was called offside, the goal negated, and clock continued to tick down.

In goal, Plunkett tallied six saves for the contest, giving her a total of 32 for the season. North Georgia's Kirsten Ross collected seven saves in net. The ‘Cats outshot the Saints 17-12 this afternoon and took the advantage on the corner kicks six to four.

Georgia College is no stranger to overtimes, having faced nine total for the 2009 campaign, four of which have reached double overtime. However, the Bobcats have yet to lose in overtime play this season, winning two and tying in three cases.

The Bobcats got a monkey off their backs in today's contest, scoring the first GCSU goal at Bobcat field in 2009. Prior to Teresi's early second-half strike, the ‘Cats hadn't netted a goal in 421:23 on the home pitch, dating back to the 2-0 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Quarterfinal win over Lander University Nov. 4, 2008.

Georgia College now has five points in the PBC Standings, good for fifth place.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 7 as they travel to Savannah, Ga. to take on conference opponent No. 18 Armstrong Atlantic State University at 3:30 p.m.       

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