Bobcat Soccer Gets First Conference Win, 3-1 over USC Aiken

Junior forward Amanda Bartholomew
Junior forward Amanda Bartholomew

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Lightning may not strike twice, but Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City) did as the Georgia College Soccer team (2-3, 1-1 PBC) beat USC Aiken (2-5, 0-2 PBC) 3-1 Wednesday night at Bobcat Field.

Bartholomew tallied the go-ahead and insurance goals late in the second half to seal the first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) win for the Bobcats this year.

There was no scoring in the first half, but junior netminder Ashlee Graham (Dectur) made many acrobatic stops on the way to six first-half saves. The Pacers out-shot Georgia College 12-8 before the break.

USCA broke through first, as Willa Olson scored her first goal of the season on a broken play that led to a Catherine McHale pass. USCA led 1-0 in the 58th minute.

In the 62nd minute, sophomore Erin Ferris (Atlanta) got the equalizer, her first goal in a Bobcat uniform. The Armstrong State University transfer blasted a beautiful strike from 30 yards out when the Pacers attempted to clear.

The game-winner was even more impressive, coming after the Bobcats worked for a corner on the left side. Junior Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) took the kick from the angle and found the head of Bartholomew, who re-directed the ball just inside the near post. The Bobcats took the lead for good 2-1 in the 81st minute.

Bartholomew added her second of the game and the sixth of her season in the 86th minute, taking a pass from Sofia Lekas (Lizella) to paydirt. The shot from the right side found the left net for a 3-1 lead, one that would hold up for the remainder of the match.

Graham finished with eight saves in the win while Katie Commins made three stops in the loss.

Bartholomew's two goals give her 14 in her career at Georgia College, passing Lyric Burnett (2006-09) and Megan McAlpin (2008-11) into fifth place in school history. Bjarnadottir now has 10 assists in her career, tying Beth Coughlin (2005-08) for sixth in the school recordbooks.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m., traveling to Clayton State University.

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