April 16, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- The Georgia soccer team put the finishing touches on its 2011 spring season Saturday morning with a 2-0 road win over ACC opponent Wake Forest at W. Dennie Spry Stadium. Due to bad weather in the area, the Bulldogs did not play their second game against NC State as originally scheduled.
Saturday’s contest marked a homecoming for Georgia head coach Steve Holeman, who led Wake Forest to its only ACC Tournament championship as a player.
"It’s a nice homecoming," said Holeman. "To get a shutout win against a strong program like Wake Forest is a fantastic way to close out our spring season."
The Bulldogs dictated play and dominated possession for the majority of the first half, but at the intermission the teams were deadlocked at 0-0. Wake Forest jumped out to a quick start in the second stanza, earning two corner kicks in the first three minutes, but the Bulldog defense was able to keep the Demon Deacons off the scoreboard before Georgia was able to take over.
In the 63rd minute, rising sophomore Nikki Hill's cross was helped on by classmate Carli Shultis and found midfielder Laura Eddy stationed at the back post. Eddy first-timed a volley over the goalkeeper to give Georgia the 1-0 lead.
"We've been spending some extra time working on my shooting and focusing a lot on volleys," Eddy said. "It was good to finish one in a game."
In the 83rd minute, Meghan Gibbons held off one defender before lacing a low cross that found Rebekah Perry flashing in at the near post. Perry’s first-time redirection found its way through the goalkeeper’s legs to round out the day’s scoring.
"I was pleased with how well we kept the ball today," Holeman said. "Wake is a quality opponent from a strong conference and we did an excellent job of holding onto possession and combining through our midfield. At the end our defense stayed composed and withstood some pressure and it’s great to leave here with a 2-0 win."
The Bulldogs finish the spring campaign with a record of 4-2-1 and will return to action on Fri., Aug. 19 with a 7 p.m. contest on the road at Furman. The Bulldogs bring back nine players who started at least 10 games last season, returning 89 percent of its scoring in addition to All-SEC goalkeeper Ashley Baker.