GC women’s soccer team gets first win of the year

Sydney Chacon

The Georgia College women’s soccer team (1-2-1) took home a 3-0 win in the last game of their weekend home opener, as they beat the University of West Georgia (0-3-1). Head coach Hope Clark said, “Every game is important. We go in expecting a W.”

During the first half, GC shot 12 times while West Georgia only shot seven times. During the 24th minute, GC put the first point on the board courtesy of sophomore, Sol Baldassini. Immediately following a corner kick, West Georgia was able to get the ball out of the box, but Baldassini didn’t let it go far — she trapped the ball and had a clear shot for the first goal of the game.

With a minute and a half left in the first half, Baldassini scored off of a pass from senior, Erin Griffin, at the top of the box, giving GC a 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half of the game, GC’s defense had to work a little harder to keep the shut out intact. West Georgia came out stronger in the second half, but the GC defense held them to just three shots.

GC solidified the win in the 88th minute with their third and final goal. Assisted by sophomore Liz Franco and senior Ashley Veilleux, junior Ally Barys scored.

“Our goal this year is to win the Conference Championship, and because we lost in penalty kicks last year, we’re ready and coming back with a vengeance,” said redshirt senior, Rebekah Autry. “This is the best soccer we’ve played this season so far; we had good combinations.”

Baldassini was “shocked” about her two goals for this game, but she said, “It was a great feeling knowing I was helping the team.” When asked if she thought they needed to work on anything for upcoming games, she said, “We need to work on being faster and having quicker transitions.”

The Georgia College Women’s Soccer team will play Anderson University (SC) in a cross conference matchup on Sept. 17th at 7 p.m. in an attempt to improve their record.

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