Bobcat Soccer Gets First Win of Gallagher Era, 3-1

Junior Cassie Balzano
Junior Cassie Balzano

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Soccer squad (1-4) dispatched North Greenville University (2-1) 3-1 Wednesday night at Bobcat Field, handing the Bobcats their first win of the season and giving the Crusaders their first defeat.

The victory was also the first on the Bobcat sidelines for new head coach Tinna Gallagher.

The Bobcats came out hot, as junior Kia Jie Jacobs (Atlanta) netted the first goal of her Bobcat career just 1:57 into the first half. Jacobs settled a needle-threading pass from classmate Cassie Balzano (Douglasville) to get the finish.

GC doubled its advantage in the 20th minute, as Balzano scored her second of the season. Alyssa Bergamini (West Suffield, Connecticut) fired a cross from the right side, and Balzano one-timed a shot for the score.

Bergamini recorded the final Bobcat score, coming just under four minutes into the second half. Jacobs fed her on a breakaway opportunity, and Bergamini slipped to the right of the keeper and hammered home a shot to the empty net. She now has two goals on the season, tied for the team lead.

North Greenville scored on a header off a corner in the 68th minute, but could inch no closer.

The freshman duo of Kate Richardson (Marietta) and Haley Titus (Savannah) split time in net, Titus making three saves in a little over 22 minutes and Richardson stopping one.

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m., traveling to the University of West Georgia.

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