MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College soccer team (5-12, 4-5 PBC) struck early and often in a 6-0 shutout of USC Aiken (4-11, 1-8 PBC) Wednesday at Bobcat Field. The victory clinched a spot in the 2011 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats put up a symmetrical boxscore, netting three goals in each half. Sophomore Brittaney Borror (Evans, Ga.) got the scoring started just over eight minutes into the contest, re-directing a cross from junior Jamie Colcord (Marietta, Ga.). The goal was Borror's second of the season.
A 2-0 lead came 10 minutes later, when freshman Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) hit the first of her two goals on the night, taking a cross from classmate Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.). Senior Erica Padula (Panama City, Fla.) finished off a great individual effort for the 3-0 halftime lead, her second of the season.
In the second half it was more of the same, with Dalton scoring off a Colcord assist 17:14 into the second half. The goal was Dalton's third of the year. Senior Karen Bonilla (Manassas, Va.) then wowed the crowd on senior day with her second goal of the season, cracking a shot from the top of the box. Veilleux made it 6-0 with 5:54 remaining to cap the scoring.
GC threw a trio of goalkeepers at the game, as freshmen Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.), Taylor Cornelius (Dacula, Ga.) and Michelle DeMaris (Suwanee, Ga.) each saw action. Stephens got the win with a three-save first half.
The six-goal outburst was the most goals in a game for GC since a 6-0 win over Clayton State University Oct. 22, 2008. The Bobcats have scored more than six goals in a game just once, tallying eight against Erksine College in 2006.
The victory clinched a playoff spot for the Bobcats, as the top eight teams make the PBC Tournament, beginning on campus sites Tuesday, Nov. 1.
The Bobcats wrap up the regular season, and continue to jockey for PBC position Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., traveling to Flagler College (8-7-1, 4-4-1 PBC). The Saints most recently beat Georgia Southwestern State University 2-0 Wednesday.
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