Highlights of the Georgia soccer season opener against Ole Miss with interviews with Coach Holeman and Gabby Seiler.
Aug. 22, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. --- The Georgia soccer team played to a tough 1-1 tie with SEC opponent Ole Miss in the Bulldogs' season opener on a hot and humid Friday night at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. The game served as the first live on-campus event televised on the brand new SEC Network, and was the first time in history Georgia has ever opened with a conference game.
The Bulldogs start the 2014 season at 0-0-1 (0-0-1) and return to Athens for Sunday's home opener - set for 2 p.m. against UNC Greensboro. The Bulldogs got their goal from sophomore Gabby Seiler, while freshman goalkeeper Louise Hogrell recorded four saves in goal.
"We've got a lot to learn from this game," said head coach Steve Holeman. "It was a great match between two teams just getting underway. Ole Miss is a very good team and it was great to take a point out of here. We had our moments, they had their moments, and it was a great SEC battle. With the heat today, we had to show our depth. I thought to start the second half we weren't at our best and Ole Miss had a lot to do with that. When we had to go to some of our other personnel, the players who came off the bench changed the game, and we took some momentum toward the latter part of the second half and into overtime. Overall, it was a good game for us, and we'll certainly assess and become better because of it."
Georgia took the lead off a strike for Seiler that found the back of the net in the 39th minute with six to go before halftime, coming off a Carli Shultis corner kick to put the Bulldogs on top 1-0. It remained there at the intermission, with the visitors leading in the shot column by a count of 9-6.
Ole Miss controlled the early part of the second half and would break through to tie it up in the 54th minute when Amanda Karlsson set up Olivia Harrison from the center of the box. Despite some chances for the Bulldogs toward the end of the frame, the teams were headed to extra time in front of the national television audience and the largest crowd in attendance in Ole Miss' history.
In the first overtime, the Bulldogs nearly had the game-winner as freshman Caroline Gualdoni sent one low at the far post, but keeper Kelly McCormick barely got a hand on it and tapped it over the end line to preserve the tie. Freshman Mariel Gutierrez had a corner kick opportunity that bounced in and out of the hands of McCormick with no Georgia player there to finish it, and moments later Becca Rasmussen had a good look sail just high to highlight a series of good looks for the Bulldogs in extra time.
The second extra period featured fewer opportunities on both ends, and the teams settled for the season-opening draw. At the end of 110 minutes, the teams each took 13 shots and Georgia led 5-3 in corner kicks.
Georgia is now 14-3-3 in season openers, and 9-8-3 all-time vs. the Rebels.
The Bulldogs will take on UNC Greensboro Sunday at 2 p.m. at the UGA Soccer Stadium. Admission is free. The game will be streamed live on SEC Network + with additional live audio on Georgiadogs.com.