Soccer Falls to Georgia in Overtime, 1-0
Ga. - The Vanderbilt women's soccer team ended its two-game
conference winning streak on Sunday afternoon when it fell
SEC Eastern Division rival Georgia 1-0 in overtime at the
UGA Soccer Complex. With the loss, the Commodores fall to
4-7 overall and 2-3 in the SEC. With the win, the Bulldogs
move their overall mark to 6-7-1 and 2-2 in the conference.
After battling through 90 minutes of action, Georgia got
the game-winning goal in the 94th minute when forward Tricia
McKee scored on a rebound following a shot from forward Ashley
King which hit the crossbar. McKee's goal came with the Bulldogs
being down one player due to a red card being issued to a
Both Vanderbilt and Georgia were unable to score in the first
half; however, both teams had scoring opportunities. The Bulldogs
outshot the Commodores 6-4 in the half, but three of Vanderbilt's
four shots were on goal.
The first half also saw a lot of physical play, as Georgia
was issued with 11 fouls, while Vanderbilt had six. Defender
Jessica Fear was issued with a yellow card in the opening
Vanderbilt goalkeeper Esther Thompson extended her scoreless
streak, as she recorded two saves in the half. Georgia goalkeeper
Ashley Lindley made several big saves, as she finished with
three saves in the half.
With 55 seconds remaining in the first half, the Commodores
received a scare when junior midfielder Jennifer Lewis collided
with Georgia midfielder Andrea Velasco. After several minutes
of lying on the field, Lewis was able to get up with assistance.
Following the collision, Lewis did not return to the game.
Georgia suffered a major blow early in the second half when
midfielder Elizabeth Metherell was issued a red card, which
put the Bulldogs down one player.
Despite being one player down, the Bulldogs continued to
battle, especially on the defensive end. The Commodores had
a big opportunity in the 76th minute when midfielder Molly
Wilson was able to get the through the Georgia defense, unfortunately
her shot hit the near post. Georgia's big opportunity in the
second half came with less than 10 minutes remaining, when
midfielder Nicole Greathead hit a shot from 15 yards out that
just went over the goal.
For the game, Georgia outshot Vanderbilt, 13-9. Thompson
finished with five saves in net, while Lindley also had five
saves for the Bulldogs.
The Commodores return to the friendly confines of the Vanderbilt
Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. Friday, October 18, when it takes
on SEC Western Division foe Mississippi State. The Commodores
lead the all-time series 4-0, which includes a 4-2 victory
last season in Starkville, Miss.
Vanderbilt (4-7, 2-3)
UGA: Tricia McKee (Ashley King) - 93:43