TAMPA, Fla. – The Georgia College soccer team (1-4) dropped a 3-0 match against always tough Barry University (2-3) Friday in game one of the weekend's tournament at the University of Tampa.
The Bobcats played the Buccaneers tough despite losing a man just before the half on a red card penalty. Barry struck first with just under 31 minutes left, as Sofia Jakobson netted her first goal of the season off a corner kick set play.
Down a player for the length of the second half, the Bobcats battled but a pair of goals, both from Melissa Madrid. The first was a header with under four minutes left, the second a breakaway with two ticks remaining on the clock. Madrid was in on the assist for the initial goal, putting together an impressive five-point day.
The Bobcats were out-shot for just the second time this season, as Barry dominated 20-9, the widest shot deficit of the year for GC. Five of GC's nine shots were on target however, as rookie Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) and sophomore Brittaney Borror (Evans, Ga.) each fired three, with two on mark.
Freshman Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.) made five saves and one goal while playing the first half, while classmate Taylor Cornelius (Dacula, Ga.) saw her first collegiate action in the second 45 minutes, allowing two goals while making four saves. The Bucs split the keeper duties as well, getting four first-half saves from Becca Rogers and just one from Melissa Toledo in the second.
The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. taking on host Tampa to close out the two-game tourney for GC.
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