MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Freshman Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) netted the first three goals of her career, leading the Georgia College soccer squad (6-6-1) to a 6-1 domination of No. 14 University of North Alabama (8-2-1) Monday night at Bobcat Field.
The Bobcats exploded for six goals against the nationally-ranked Lions, the most for GC soccer since a 6-0 win over USC Aiken Oct. 29, 2011. The Bobcats are now 3-2 against ranked opponents this season.
GC got the scoring started less than three minutes into the first half, when sophomore Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) cleaned up a loose ball from point-blank range. The goal was Veilleux's team-leading seventh and the score remained 1-0 into the break.
North Alabama's Chloe Richards got an equalizer on the team's initial possession of the second half. The goal came 27 seconds into the half.
Following the tying goal, GC had a flurry of five goals, with Barys netting three. Barys got the go-ahead goal a little over five minutes in, cracking home a loose ball inside the box. For the second goal, Haley O'Hayer (Savannah, Ga.) dropped a pass off to Olivia Holden (Fishers, Ind.) in the corner, who then knocked a beautiful cross to Barys, heading it in for the 3-1 lead.
Sophomore Abby Dalton (Macon, Ga.) squeezed in the next goal, as Holden found her on a breakaway play. Dalton now has three goals on the season.
Barys made it 5-1 on a free kick, curling a shot into the upper left corner from about 25 yards out.
O'Hayer capped the scoring off an assist from Brittaney Borror (Evans, Ga.) in the 72nd minute. The five-goal burst took place in little over 20 minutes.
Sophomore Taylor Cornelius (Dacula, Ga.) made numerous athletic stops among her seven saves in the win. The loss went to Morgan Grace in a five-save effort. The Bobcats were out-shot 25-15.
Barys is the first Bobcat to score her first career goal and record a hat-trick in the same game. She posts just the fourth hat-trick in school history, joining Lyric Burnett (2006-09) in 2006, Hayley Ferrell (2005-08) in 2007 and Veilleux earlier this season.
The goal gives Veilleux 12 in her two-year career, good for fifth place in GC history, a tie with Meredith Moran (2004-05).
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m., traveling to No. 7 Armstrong.
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