by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's soccer team (1-0) kicked off the 2009 season shutting out Queens (N.C.) University (0-1) 2-0 today (Aug. 29) at the AASU Pirate Soccer Shootout. The Bobcats picked up where they left off last year with the shutout, as they posted a school-record 13 blankings a year ago.
The Bobcats spread out the excitement, scoring one goal each period. The first goal of the day came at 20:41 into the game from the senior leg of Daria Owen (Snellville, Ga.) off of a Karen Bonilla (Manassas, Va.) pass. The goal is Owen's fifth in her career, and Bonilla's fourth career assist.
Georgia College struck again in the second period when junior Jessica Newland (Hiram, Ga.) netted one unassisted in the 85th minute. The Bobcats held off Queens thanks in part to junior Jessica Binkowski (Cumming, Ga.), who snagged two saves. GCSU out-shot Queens 18-6 and won the corner kicks battle 10-5.
"It was a great start," said GCSU head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "Our defense looked great, and our offense finished on a couple of nice chances. Good effort today from everyone, and we're all excited to see how we respond when we have to get back out there tomorrow."
Today's contest was originally slotted for yesterday afternoon, but the entire day's worth of play was washed back a day by rain.
After today's victory, the Bobcats improve to 3-2-1 all-time in season openers, not posting a loss since 2006. They are back in action tomorrow (Aug. 30) taking on Florida Southern College at 1:30 p.m. to close out the Pirate Soccer Shootout. The Mocs faced host Armstrong Atlantic State University today.
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