Sep 1, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- After a two-hour weather delay, the Georgia soccer team used two goals by senior forward Madeline Barker to defeat visiting Furman by a score of 2-0 Sunday afternoon at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
The win was Georgia's third in a row and the team's third consecutive shutout effort behind senior keeper Caitlin Woody. It also moved fourth-year head coach Steve Holeman to 199 career victories in his 20 seasons, leaving him just one shy of the 200-win milestone. The Bulldogs improve to 3-1 on the season, with Furman falling to 1-2.
"Once again we had a complete effort," Holeman said. "We talked to the team after our win on Friday and told them that to be a great team, we need to be able to compete on Sundays. We beat a very good Furman team that was picked to win its conference. I think we did a good job of making them look not as good as they really are. Great job by Maddy Barker finishing those two goals, and great job by the defense limiting Furman to just six shots. This was a great effort."
Barker's first goal came in the 21st minute when she took a pass up from defender Torri Allen and beat her player on the wing, firing the shot far post and into the bottom left corner to give Georgia the 1-0 lead. It was the first of the season for the senior, who entered Sunday's game with an assist and nine shots on the season. Allen earned the assist on the score.
Georgia had several more good chances in the first half, including with two minutes to play before intermission when redshirt sophomore Bella Hartley stripped a Furman defender of the ball and fired a long-range shot at keeper Maggie Grisell, but Grisell knocked it down and no Georgia players could catch up to the loose ball before it was handled. With just over a minute to go, Bria Washington screened her defender off the ball to set herself up for a shot, but Grisell was able to make a diving stop to keep it just 1-0 heading into the break with UGA leading 16-4 in shots.
Just two minutes into the second frame, Barker blasted a corner kick into the box and the freshman Rachel Garcia got a head on it, but new keeper Rose Hull was able to make the stop.
Barker would then add her second goal of the day to make it 2-0 in the 56th minute, stealing the ball and burying the strike into the top left corner to give the Bulldogs some insurance.
Hull came up with two big saves late in the game to keep it at a two-goal deficit for the Paladins, first stopping a Lauren Tanner near-post shot before diving to stop an Andie Fontanetta shot with 12 minutes to play. Nearing the end of regulation, Barker had a final opportunity at a third goal when she fired one just wide with two left, but it would remain 2-0 with Georgia leading Furman 32-6 in shots as time expired on the team's third straight victory.
Barker ended her career day - and first multiple-goal game - with eight shots to lead Georgia, while Madeline Crowder and Gabby Seiler had four apiece. Woody made all three saves she was faced with, while Grisell and Hull combined for 15 at the other end. The Bulldogs took nine corners on the afternoon, limiting the Paladins to just two.
Georgia improves to 6-0-1 all-time vs. Furman.
Georgia will go for win No. 4 in a row next Friday night vs. Jacksonville, as Holeman will try for his 200th career victory in front of the home crowd. The Bulldogs will then head to take on UNC Greensboro on the road on Sunday.