First-Half Fireworks Ends in 1-1 Tie for GC Soccer

2019 Bobcat Soccer

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Soccer team (1-4-2, 0-0-1 PBC) started Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action Saturday, battling to a 1-1 draw with Lander University (2-3-1, 0-0-1 PBC) at Bobcat Field.

All of the goals were scored in the first half, with the Bobcats jumping out in front. In the 16th minute, junior Cassie Balzano (Douglasville) gathered a needle-threading pass from Kia Jie Jacobs (Atlanta), fired a shot off goalkeeper Sarah Owen, then corralled the loose ball and sent it to an empty net. The goal was Balzano's team-leading third of the season.

The equalizer came in the 23rd minute, as Emily Jermstad found paydirt after a nifty move to slip the defense at the top of the box. That's where the scoring would stop.

Defenses tightened in the second half, allowing just four shots each side, then a total of three shots each in the two overtime periods. The Bearcats nearly ended it early into the first overtime, but an offside call wiped off a game-winning strike.

Balzano also nearly won the match late in the second extra period, but Owen leapt and punched the high shot off the crossbar and over to preserve the tie.

Owen made four saves in the day's action, while Bobcat netminder Kate Richardson (Marietta) managed five.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. against No. 20 University of North Georgia.

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