Freshmen Power Bobcats Past Clayton State, 2-1

Amanda Bartholomew
Amanda Bartholomew

By Sam Jones

Sports Information Assistant


MORROW, Ga. - A pair of freshman led the way for the Georgia College Soccer  team (3-3, 2-1 PBC) Saturday afternoon at Clayton State University (2-4, 0-3 PBC). Cassie Balzano (Douglasville) and Emily Petersen (Fayetteville) each found the back of the net for the first time in their collegiate career in a 2-1 win.

Balzano opened the scoring in the 14th minute after Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City) found the winger on the right side of the 18-yard-box. Balzano lofted the ball over the keeper and into the net for her first career goal and a 1-0 lead for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats surrendered their early lead 15 minutes later when Clayton State converted a penalty to tie the game at one. Both teams traded shots the rest of the way until the 63rd minute. Peterson collected a loose ball in front of goal and calmly deposited it in the left corner for the game-winner.

Keeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur) pushed away nine shots on goal over the course of the game and helped keep the Lakers attack to one goal on the day.

The win comes as part of an offensive revitalization for the Bobcats, who have scored seven goals over the last three games.

Georgia College returns to action Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. as they travel to face UNC Pembroke.

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