Doubleheader leads to winThe Georgia College club football team defeated Kennesaw State and Dalton State in a double-header last Saturday bringing their record to 3-0.
In order to prepare to play two games virtually back to back, the team increased running and fitness at their practices, an area that showed a need for improvement after the GMC game last week.
The team played both games at KSU but took on Dalton State first and ended with a 5-0 win.
“The momentum of the game shifted for the positive as the game progressed,” junior political science major and president of GCFC Patrick Hall said. “The players that were out there for the 3/4 of the game had never played a game together as a team, so they did really well all things considered, and didn’t allow Dalton State to score.”
Normally, about 20 players travel to the games but everyone on the team was able to go to Kennesaw, basically creating two separate teams. Because of this, certain players who might not get a lot of game time would get to play and the team would have plenty of subs. One team played Dalton State and the other played KSU with some players playing in both.
GCFC controlled the flow of the game with their quick passes and touches, and all in all leaving Dalton State scoreless and winning by 5 with goals from Pierre Thomas, Dylan Suhr and Luke Siegmann.
“It took a little bit to get going but we were the better team overall and it showed,” second-year graduate student gaining a masters of science in criminal justice and coach of GCFC Campbell Berry said.
Coming off the win, GCFC prepared to play another game against KSU and expected a bit of a tougher game due to the fact KSU had a home field advantage.
“KSU was a much better team so we put our best squad on the field to play them and it was a very physical game,” freshman business management major Trevor Mooney said. “They used their huge size and we used our passing and skill to beat them.”
The team lead the majority of the game until five minutes left when KSU scored a penalty kick to bring the score to a tie of 2-2.
“I was thinking ‘well this is where we really see what we are made of,’” Berry said. “I knew we were capable of scoring quickly and scoring in the last minute of games because we had already accomplished that against GMC the week before. I was just hoping we could do it again.”
Mooney scored a last minute goal giving the bobcats a one point lead and ultimately a 3-2 win.
“I just remember colliding with the goalie and seeing the ball in the back of the net with the whole team running toward me,” Mooney said. “I was just happy that I was able to be in the right place at the right time to finish the perfect pass from the other outside mid, Mark Talgo, to get our third win in three games.”
The football club’s current record is 3-0 beating GMC, Dalton State and Kennesaw State. Although they are currently undefeated, the team still plans to practice just as hard to prepare for upcoming games.
“We’ve done great so far, and I can honestly say that this is the most talented team we’ve ever had in the 3 years of the club’s existence,” Hall said. “However, we have a lot of tough games coming up, and letting past results get to our head won’t do us any good.”
Berry has high hopes for the team and the rest of the season.
“If we continue to improve the way we have been, I can foresee us having an unforgettable season,” Berry said. “We have so much talent, so as long as we can put the rest of the pieces together we will be successful this year and future seasons as well.”
The team’s next game is Saturday against Emory at Emory. There is also a home game Sunday against Georgia Tech at 2:30 p.m. located on the field between The Village buildings at West Campus. For more information about the club football team, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GeorgiaCollegeFC.