MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - In a hard-fought, physical battle on a saturated Bobcat Field, the Georgia College & State University women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 exhibition decision to Division I Mercer University. Mercer defender Kacie Hudson made good on a broken-up corner kick for the lone goal in a game delayed 1 hour and 15 minutes by scattered thunderstorms and heavy rain.
The Bobcats didn't fail to impress in front of a sizable crowd despite the weather, this being Georgia College's first action against a four-year school in 2009.
"I was impressed with our ability to hang with them physically despite us being in week one of two-a-days and them already in week two of their preseason," said head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "With only one week of practice under our belts, we need to continue to improve our defensive and attacking shape. All in all, I'm proud of the effort and tonight's contest will give us some areas on which to focus."
With just 18:30 left in the game, the Bears earned a corner kick on the side furthest away from their bench. The ball was sent into the top of the box, where it pinballed off multiple Mercer and GCSU players, neither side gaining the upper hand until Hudson knocked it into the right side of the net.
The Bears out-shot Georgia College 17-3 in a contest that spent much of its time battled at midfield.
The Bobcats return to action Friday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m., travelling to the Pirate Invitational in Savannah, Ga. to face Queens College (N.C.). The Bears host Jacksonville State University Friday, Aug. 21.
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