by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The Georgia College & State University soccer team (7-5-3, 3-1-2 PBC) got its second-straight shutout today (Oct. 17) 2-0 against Flagler College (6-5-1, 3-2-1 PBC). The blanking was the seventh this season for the Bobcat defense.
Early in the 23rd minute, an unassisted Anna Wierzbicki (Newnan, Ga.) netted the first goal of the contest from left side of the penalty box. It was the freshman's second goal this season.
The Bobcats kept the first half excitement going when sophomore Megan McAlpin (Newnan, Ga.) sent a ball from the left side, just under the crossbar and into the goal during the 44th minute. The assist went to senior Erika Kolodin (Acworth, Ga.), her first for the 2009 campaign. McAlpin continues to lead Georgia College with five goals for the season.
In the net for the Bobcats, junior Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) snagged three saves while Christie Reuther made two stops for the Saints. Plunkett now has three shutouts on the season, and a school-record 14 in her career.
Flagler out-shot Georgia College 16-10, while the Bobcats put up four shots on goal to Flagler's three. The ‘Cats also won the battle in the corners 3-2.
The win gives the Bobcats 11 points in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Standings, good for fourth after today's action. The top four spots host match-ups in the opening round of the PBC Tournament.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 21 hosting conference foe UNC Pembroke at 5 p.m.
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