Barys’ OT Goal Pushes GC Soccer Past #14 Armstrong Atlantic
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Coach Hope Clark and the Georgia College women's soccer team (7-6-1, 4-3-1, PBC) pulled off the upset of No. 14 Armstrong Atlantic University (6-4-2, 4-2-1, PBC) 3-2 in overtime Saturday at Bobcat Field.
The game-winner came from sophomore midfielder Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) in overtime at the 95:55 minute mark. It marked Barys' third goal of the season and gave the Bobcats three points in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) standings.
After a first half of no goals, the second frame got off to a fast start with an own goal on Georgia College 2:53 minutes in. The Bobcats were quick to respond with a goal off the foot of freshman Cayce Hamilton (Duluth, Ga.) assisted by Lindsey Knott (Macon, Ga.). The goal marked Hamilton's third of the season.
With the game knotted up at 1-1, Knott gave Georgia College the lead with her first goal of the season on a great pass from Susan Lotyczewski (Sharpsburg, Ga.).
Armstrong managed to tie the game on a goal from Taylor Valley with the assist coming from Andye Dawson. Valley's goal set the stage for Barys' heroics in overtime.
Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) ran down a ball in the right corner, crossing it through the box. The cross got broken up and popped loose to Barys on the left side, who took one touch and then fired home the game-winner.
Morgan Luckie played all 95 minutes for the Pirates with four saves. Jessica Catapano (Alpharetta, Ga.) came away with her sixth win of the season, making eight saves in 95:55 minutes of play.
The win was the first for Bobcat soccer this season over a nationally-ranked opponent.
GC soccer now has 13 points in conference play, good for fourth in the PBC Standings, tied with Armstrong. The top eight squads advance to the PBC Tournament, with the top four hosting opening-round matchups.
The Bobcats will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 26 hosting the University of Montevallo (1-7-3, 1-5-1 PBC) beginning at 3 p.m. at Bobcat Field. Saturday will serve as both Senior Day and Kick for the Cure Day.
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