Aug 16, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team got four goals from freshmen in the Bulldogs' 9-0 exhibition scrimmage win over The Citadel Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium. Though it was an exhibition, it still marked Georgia's highest scoring output in a game since the team scored 11 vs. South Alabama in 1999.
Georgia took a 6-0 lead into halftime and finished with three more in the second half for the nine-goal victory. Freshman Rachel Garcia and senior Madeline Barker led the way offensively with two goals apiece, while rookies Marion Crowder and Lauren Tanner and sophomores Andie Fontanetta, Emma Sonnett, and Bria Washington each had one. Goalkeepers Caitlin Woody and Jill Maloney combined for the shutout in goal. Freshman Gabby Seiler had two assists.
"We were definitely efficient tonight," said head coach Steve Holeman, who enters his fourth season at the helm. "This was a great opportunity for us to get some players in. We wanted to play fast and we did that. We wanted to keep the ball and we did that. And we wanted to work on finishing our chances and we were successful with that tonight. With that said, there are certainly a lot of things we still need to do to get better and we know next weekend in Texas will be a big challenge."
It was the rookie Garcia who got the scoring started under five minutes into the game as she blasted one in from 30 yards out over the keeper's head. Garcia then added her second goal just six minutes later when she collected a loose ball off a corner kick chance and finished into the corner to make it 2-0 with just 10:23 gone by in the first half.
With 24:06 to go, it was the senior Barker who found the back of the net, taking a pass in the middle from Seiler and finishing the chance off the post. Rookie Lauren Tanner made it 4-0 when she took a ball off the foot of Bella Hartley and sent it past the keeper, and it became 5-0 with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half when Sonnett played a ball through to Washington for the far-post score.
Just after that, Sonnett played a ball in from midfield that found its way over the keeper's head on a bounce and into the back of the net to make it 6-0 with 10 minutes to play in the first half, which is where it stayed at the intermission. At the break, Georgia led in the shot column by a count of 13-1, while Woody made the one save she faced in net.
Coming out of halftime, the Bulldogs kept the scoring going as Seiler found Barker, who rounded the keeper and slotted it home for the 7-0 lead in the 54th minute. It moved to 8-0 when the rookie Crowder was taken down in the box and finished on her penalty kick opportunity, and the ninth and final goal of the night came off the foot of Fontanetta, who took a crossing pass from Washington and converted on the chance with just under 10 to play.
Maloney matched Woody with a blank sheet in goal in the second half, stopping two shots sent her way. The final shot tally was 24-3.
Georgia opens the regular season on the road next Friday night, taking on Texas at 8 p.m. ET in Austin. The Bulldogs will then head to meet Houston on Sun., Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. ET. In the all-time series, Georgia is 0-1 against Texas and 1-0 vs. Houston. Live audio will be available for both games on Georgiadogs.com in addition to the return of the Georgia Soccer Live Blog.