Aug. 19, 2011
GREENVILLE, S.C. --- The Georgia soccer team kicked off the 2011 season with a 3-1 win over Furman Friday evening at Stone Soccer Stadium.
Jamie Pollock, Madeline Barker, and Nicole Locandro scored the Bulldog goals while the Georgia defense kept the Paladins without a shot throughout the entirety of the first half and limited to just five overall. Georgia improves to 12-2-2 all-time in season openers.
"You always want to start off with a win," said head coach Steve Holeman. "What a way to do it. We came to Furman where they had 2,500 people here. Credit Furman for the atmosphere and credit our team for getting it done."
About 15 minutes into the first the Bulldogs began their takeover, peppering the keeper with shots before one finally got through 25 minutes in. On the play, Pollock took a pass in the center from Alexa Newfield, settled and sent it past the keeper into the bottom right corner for Georgia's first goal of the 2011 season to make it 1-0.
It became 2-0 in the 37th minute when sophomore newcomer Chika Ibiam rocketed a cross through middle from off on the right side, finding the foot of Barker who fired it home. It was the first career goal for Barker, who tallied two assists her rookie year.
The first half ended with the Bulldogs guarding the two-goal lead and also owning the shot column by a count of 11-0.
Early in the second half, Newfield had a chance at an empty net before a defender came up with a big defensive stop to clear the ball out of danger. It would jump to a 3-0 Georgia lead when Locandro took a feed from Dennis and sent it over the end line in the 65th minute.
Furman got on the board with 10:22 to play as the Paladins came on in the late stage of the contest. The goal came as Alexa Morse was open in front, receiving the assist from India Robinson.
The Bulldogs ended the opener leading in shots 18-5, taking eight corners.
"To get a win on opening night means a lot," Pollock said. "It's the start of our season. We worked hard this week to fix things we needed to work on. We started out slow, had one opportunity on a corner that we missed, so to have a second chance and put the goal away gave us confidence and we took over from there."
The Bulldogs return to prepare for the home opener next weekend, welcoming Texas to the UGA Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. outing next Fri., Aug. 26. Villanova will head to town for Sunday's 1 p.m. contest. Georgia has never faced either opponent.