Post game interview with Coach Steve Holeman following match against Long Beach State.
Aug. 30, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. --- The Georgia soccer team held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but ultimately lost a 3-2 heartbreaker at the hand of Long Beach State on Friday evening at George Allen Field in Long Beach. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 1-1-1 on the early season heading into Sunday's match-up at Cal State Fullerton.
"The fans certainly got their money's worth," said head coach Steve Holeman. "What a great game - two very good teams going at it back and forth. Obviously, giving up the lead is tough. We let them back in the game, but they're a quality team and they're going to win a lot of games this year."
Georgia's goals on the night came from sophomores Caroline Waters and Gabby Seiler. For Waters, it was the first goal of her career - marking the second straight game a UGA player netted her first score after Bria Washington did so vs. UNC Greensboro last weekend. For Seiler, it was her third consecutive game in the scoring column, as the reigning SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week now leads Georgia with seven points through three outings.
The teams battled to a scoreless first 45:00, with the Bulldogs leading LBSU in shots narrowly at 4-3. Georgia's best chance of the first half came just minutes into the game when Seiler played Rachel Garcia up top, and the sophomore's one-time shot hit the crossbar.
Georgia went up 1-0 - taking their first of two leads on the day - just a minute after halftime as rookie forward Kelsey Killean played a ball inside and Waters was able to strip the keeper to set herself up for the wide open shot and the score. But the 49ers would answer just over two minutes later as Ashley Gonzales was fed by Mimi Rangel and finished into the lower left corner to even it at 1-1.
The Bulldogs went back up at 2-1 as Seiler sent home her third of the year with a long shot from the top of the box over the keeper's head, with freshman Becca Rasmussen grabbing the assist on the play. But again, the home team would equalize, capping a run of four total goals in less than seven minutes as Taylor Nelson found the back of the net off the post and in past Louise Hogrell to make it 2-2 in the 53rd minute.
The scoring frenzy died down over the next 30 minutes, before Long Beach State took the 3-2 lead with 6:10 to go, as Gonzales place the one-timer over Hogrell's head on a breakaway chance off assists from Rangel and Elizabeth Lyons. The Bulldogs tried for the late equalizer but couldn't find it, falling in their first of two West Coast non-conference matches this weekend.
After 90:00, Georgia led in shots 13-10, with LBSU edging the Bulldogs in corners, 6-4. The all-time series is now even at 1-1 after tonight, with Georgia having earned the 1-0 victory last season in Athens in the teams' first ever meeting.
Sunday's game vs. Cal State Fullerton is set for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif.