GC Soccer Tops King in Season Opener, 2-1

Amanda Bartholomew
Amanda Bartholomew

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Georgia College Soccer program (1-0) began their 2017 campaign with a win on the road, defeating the King University Tornado (0-1) 2-1 Friday afternoon.  Senior Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City, Georgia) found the back of the net twice in the second half, surging the Bobcats over the Tornado.


There was no scoring by either side in the first half but Georgia College certainly outplayed King, firing 14 shots opposed to just two.  Coming out of the break, the Tornado put one on the board off a free kick just outside the box to give them a 1-0 advantage in the 55th minute.


Facing a one-goal deficit, the Bobcats were looking to rally late in the second half.  Cassie Balzano (Douglasville, Georgia) and Bartholomew did just that by coaxing the equalizer in the 66th minute. The freshman Balzano finessed a pass through the box to find Bartholomew, who then beat the goalie to find the net for her first goal of the year.  Balzano was credited with the assist, the first of her career at Georgia College.


It was anyone's game late in the second half, but the Bobcats stepped up and took the lead in the 76th minute with another goal from Bartholomew.  Freshman Becca Morris (Marietta, Georgia) started the scoring sequence with a wonderful through ball up to Bartholomew in the left side of box.  Bartholomew with just the goalie to beat, fired it into the net giving the Bobcats the 2-1 advantage and ultimately the victory.  Morris was credited with her first career assist in the Blue and Green and Bartholomew adds two goals to her career tally, putting her at eighth on the all-time scoring list at Georgia College with 10 scores.


Junior Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia) and the Bobcat defense did a fine job of limiting the Tornado offense to just six shots, with only two of them on target.  Graham earned one save on the afternoon and her first victory of the 2017 season.


Georgia College Soccer is right back on the turf this Sunday Sept. 3, when they face off against the Carson-Newman University Eagles in a non-conference matchup.


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