Taylor Knocks in Two as Bobcats Beat Hurricanes, 3-0
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Freshman Katie Taylor (Sharpsburg, Ga.) hit for the third and fourth goals of her first year, powering Georgia College & State University soccer (3-3, 1-0 PBC) to a 3-0 win over Georgia Southwestern State University (2-5, 0-1 PBC) in both team's first Peach Belt Conference action of the 2010 season. The evening's contest was the team's "Think Pink Night" for breast cancer awareness.
All three goals came in the second half after Bobcat dominance in the first frame. Despite a 13-1 shot advantage at the half, Georgia College had a 0-0 scoreboard.
Taylor cracked the scoring column first, in the 76th minute. She collected a loose ball on the left side, and sent it toward net with her right foot. The shot then deflected off the right side of a defender's head and found the net past a diving goalkeeper.
Taylor's second score was 2:26 later, when freshman Taylor Yee (Alpharetta, Ga.) cracked a shot off GSW goalkeeper Courtney Allison. The ball landed in front of Taylor, who knocked it into the net for a 2-0 lead. The assist was Yee's first of her college career.
The final strike came from deep on the right side in the 82nd minute, as sophomore Anna Wierzbicki (Newnan, Ga.) unloaded toward the net for her first goal of the season.
Senior Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) made two saves for her second shutout of the season. She now has 18 career shutouts, tying the University of North Florida's Haley Epsteen for seventh in PBC history. Allison made nine saves in the loss.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. hosting the University of West Georgia for Barberitos/Salvation Army Night. Fans bringing clothing donations will get entered in a raffle for a $50 gift certificate at Barberito's.
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