Sophomore Rachel Garcia
CLEMSON, S.C. --- The Georgia soccer team suffered a 3-0 loss to Clemson Sunday night in exhibition action on the road at Historic Riggs Field, marking the unofficial start to the 2014 campaign for the Bulldogs.
The teams played three 30-minute periods, with the Tigers scoring all three of their goals in the second frame over an eight minute span.
“I think this game was exactly what we needed at this point in preseason,” said fifth-year head coach Steve Holeman. “We saw some great things from the team, and obviously some things that we need to work going forward. This game served its purpose. Clemson is a very good team. We can take a lot of things away from this and become better because of it.”
After playing to a scoreless first period, it was the Tigers breaking through just 2:40 into the second to take the 1-0 lead on a penalty kick conversion for Catrina Atanda. It moved to a 2-0 advantage for the home side less than a minute later when Tori Andreski finished a chance off an assist by Shannon Horgan. Clemson added its third and final goal in the 41st minute, with Morgan Campbell scoring from Andreski.
Georgia played a strong third period, out-shooting Clemson 3-0, but was unable to find the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs will host SEC rival Auburn in exhibition action next Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the UGA Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.