No. 22 Bobcat Soccer Fights Back on the Road, Draws with Lander

Senior defender Savannah DeValle
Senior defender Savannah DeValle

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – ­­ The No. 22 Georgia College Soccer team (5-0-1, 0-0-1 PBC) fought back to secure a point on the road against Lander University (5-0-1, 0-0-1 PBC) in the first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action of the season Thursday evening.

The first half was a shooting showcase, but both keepers stood up to the test from opposing offenses. Bobcat keeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur) tallied four saves in the first half, while Lander keeper Sarah Owen was just behind with a pair of her own. However, neither team broke through in a scoreless first 45.

Lander opened the scoring early into the second half of play with a strike from the foot of Brianna Taylor from an assist by Chloe Le Franc in the 51st minute. The goal is the third of the season for Taylor and just the first Georgia College has allowed so far this season in six matches.

Trailing for the first time in 2018, the Bobcat offense responded, looking to All-American Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City) to get the team on the board. The 68th minute finish came off an incredible assist from senior forward Erin Ferris (Atlanta). With her third goal of the campaign, Bartholomew is now tied for second most in the PBC.

With the score deadlocked at the end of regulation, both teams took tired legs to a 20 minute extra period. The Bobcats outshot the Bearcats 3-1 in overtime, but the lone Georgia College shot on goal was saved by Owen.

As time dwindled down, Lander launched a final counter attack in the last seconds and got a gifted chance on goal. Graham stood tall and parried the ball away as the final buzzer sounded. The match ended in a draw and she finished with a game-high 14 saves.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday Sept. 19 when they travel to play the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega in another PBC-matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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