Georgia Falls to Texas in Home Opener

Aug. 26, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. --- An early goal by Texas paced the Longhorns' 3-0 win over the Georgia soccer team in the Bulldogs' 2011 home opener in front of a crowd of 2,014 Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium.

With the loss, Georgia dropped its record to 1-1 on the early season while UT jumps to 2-1.

"Our shot selection could've been better," said head coach Steve Holeman. "I think we had a couple of dangerous chances. I thought their keeper was very good on the night and made a couple of big saves. Obviously all three of their goals came from set pieces. We need to be more aggressive on defensive corner kicks. Those who watched and know the game of soccer know this was closer than a 3-0 loss. It was a pretty evenly played match."

Texas got on the board with an early goal six minutes into the contest from Taylor Knaak. Twenty minutes later, Texas kept up the pressure with Gabby Zarnegar scoring another goal in the first half, giving the Longhorns a two-goal lead at halftime.

After the break, Georgia was sparked by moving sophomore defender Torri Allen up to forward. With close to 10 minutes left, she had her best chance but sent her shot just over the net. Shortly after, Texas clinched the game with its third goal, coming from Kylie Doniak in the 85th minute.

"I always love doing something that will help my team, so if being up top is going to help the team then that's where I want to be," Allen said. "I think we matched up pretty well. There is a difference between speed with the ball and speed without the ball, and they had more speed without the ball."  

Even with the loss, Georgia fired nearly as many shots as the Longhorns, with Texas edging 16-15 in the shot column. Georgia keeper Ashley Baker roped in five saves on the night and forward Alexa Newfield led Georgia with three shots.

The Bulldogs will try to get back on the winning track this Sun., Aug. 28 against Villanova, taking the field at 1 p.m. Georgia has never faced the Wildcats. The match-up will feature live video coverage on georgiadogs.com and on the radio on 1340 WGAU.

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