Sept. 3, 2010
MACON, Ga.-----The 25th-ranked Georgia soccer team erased a 2-0 halftime deficit and rallied past Mercer with a 3-2 double overtime win Friday at Bear Field.
Alex Hooker scored on a header from a pass by Jamie Pollock with 4:29 left in the second overtime to complete the comeback. It was the third straight 3+ goal game for Georgia (3-1-0), the seventh time that has happened in program history and the first time since 2007.
"It was a great comeback," said Georgia head coach Steve Holeman. "Mercer played well. Give them credit. They deserved to be up two goals at halftime, so we had to make some adjustments, not so much tactically but in terms of our approach. The second half we got after them and played Georgia soccer. The good news is we came out of here with a W, but we have a lesson to learn."
After being outshot 6-5 in the first half, Georgia went on to outshoot the Bears 17-1 after the intermission.
"We talked at halftime about how we were being outworked," Pollock said. "It wasn't about talent. We just needed to work harder."
Despite controlling the possession in the early going, Georgia fell behind 1-0 with a goal by Mercer's Lauren Johnson at the 24:01 mark in the first half. It was the first goal allowed by Georgia since the season opener against Duke and snapped an eight goal run by the Bulldogs.
Mercer (1-2-1) scored again with just under four minutes remaining in the first half to take a 2-0 lead. The Bears' Nadja Kolliesuah beat two Georgia defenders and sent a pass to Olivia Tucker, who plucked it out of the air and found the back of the net.
Georgia wasted little time in the second half in getting on the board. Nicole Locandro scored the second goal of her Georgia career just 36 seconds after halftime to pull Georgia to within 2-1.
Georgia had several chances for the equalizer including one with 17 minutes remaining when Marah Falle, who was camped out at the far post, fired a shot that was just wide of the net. Six minutes later, Pollock's shot at the equalizer was high and Mercer maintained the narrow lead.
However, the Bulldogs evened the score with 2:39 remaining when Alexa Newfield took a pass from Locandro and shot it past the Mercer goalkeeper for her third goal of the season.
Newfield's goal sent the game to overtime where the Bulldogs stretched their winning streak to three games.
"We had been gaining momentum in the second half just waiting for the equalizer," Newfield said. "With four minutes to go, we had a great combination. Nicole played a great ball and I was able to finish."
Georgia will play another in-state opponent Sunday when the Bulldogs travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia State at 2 p.m. Live audio and a live blog will be available at www.georgiadogs.com.