by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Despite attacking first and having the 1-0 edge at halftime, the Georgia College & State University soccer team (0-1) fell 2-1 Friday afternoon to Florida Southern College (1-0) in the opening game of the Little Feet South Florida Shootout. FSC opened the season off two straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
The game’s three goals were all scored within a 17-minute span around halftime. Bobcat freshman Katie Taylor (Sharpsburg, Ga.) hit her first goal of her college career with just 2:45 left in the first half to put the ‘Cats on top 1-0. Taylor hit a shot from 35 yards out off an assist from sophomore Haley O’Hayer (Savannah, Ga.).
The Mocs rallied back in the second half, netting two goals early and holding on to win 2-1. Princess Haley had a goal and an assist for the FSC, while Adi Alvarado scored the game-winner in the 60th minute for Florida Southern.
“We had a strong first half,” head coach Hope Clark commented. “We just don’t know how to win at this point.”
Georgia College goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) had five saves in the contest off eight shots on goal by the Mocs. FSC’s Martina Tangen was equally tested, making six stops in seven tries for the win.
The Bobcats had 12 total shots against Florida Southern’s 15, while the Mocs had 11 corner kicks and Georgia College’s none.
The Bobcats are back in action Sunday at noon against tournament host Lynn University.
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