ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Georgia College Soccer team (5-5, 2-3 PBC) took the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) top ranked squad to the limit in a 3-2 loss at No. 5 Flagler College (10-0-1, 5-0-1 PBC) Saturday.
The Saints got the scoring started in the 15th minute, as Abby Austin netted her first goal of the season.
Just over five minutes later, junior Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City, Georgia) struck for her ninth goal of the season to knot the game at 1-1. Classmate Sofia Lekas (Lizella, Georgia) found Bartholomew on the play, Lekas' second assist of the year.
The Saints took the lead back on a score from Fio Fustagno, as the Flagler forward kept pace with Bartholomew for the PBC's lead in goals for 2017. The teams hit the halftime horn with Flagler up 2-1 in a balanced matchup, just six shots on each side.
Charlene Nowotny drew herself back into the tie for conference lead for goals with her ninth to start off the second-half scoring, coming just under five minutes into the second half.
Bobcat freshman Becca Morris (Marietta, Georgia) scored her first career goal in the 80th minute, bending a corner kick into the net and bringing the Bobcats within one at 3-2. The Saints would allow the GC Soccer squad to inch no closer by clamping down and not allowing a shot in the final 10:35.
Junior Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia) made six saves in the loss, while Flagler netminder Sarah-Lisa Dubel had just one in the win.
Bartholomew's goal brings her to 17 in her career, tying Jamie Nevin (2006-09) for third in school history.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m., traveling to Converse University.
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