Newfield Lifts Soccer In OT Again

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Sept. 9, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia sophomore midfielder Alexa Newfield led Georgia to an overtime win for the second time in three games, tallying the game-winner with 5:57 left in overtime No. 1 to lead the Georgia soccer team to a 2-1 win over Mercer in front of a crowd of 1,552 on Friday at the Turner Soccer Complex.

Tonight marks the first multi-goal of the season and second of her career for Newfield, as the Atlanta native got the Bulldogs on the board first with a goal in the 14th minute.

Georgia uses the win to improve to 4-2 on the season while Mercer drops to 4-1. The Bears entered tonight's game one of only two teams in the country in Division I still unbeaten and without yet surrendering a goal (Oregon).

"This was a big win for us. Credit Mercer, they were phenomenal tonight," said head coach Steve Holeman. "We responded after halftime. We challenged the girls to play a little harder and I think we learned a lesson in this game. We just kept pressing. We had over 20 shots, so it was good that we capitalized and finished our chances."

Newfield's first goal of the night came off a penalty kick as she was taken down in front and finished her chance to put Georgia on the board at 13:26. The tally marked Mercer's first goal given up for the season. But Mercer's Emerald Phillips followed up with a goal just three minutes later to make it an even game, which is where it remained at halftime.

The Bulldogs came out of the half strong with a tied game at 1-1, with Newfield taking a couple of early shots. A free kick by Bailey Powell set up Jamie Pollock for a great chance, but the Mercer goalkeeper made a great save with just under 30 minutes left in the second half. Georgia had several good opportunities to score in the last couple minutes, including three corner kicks in a row, before time was up in regulation play.

With 5:57 left in overtime, a shot by Jamie Pollock was saved by the Mercer goalkeeper, before Newfield slotted home the rebound for her second goal of the night to seal the win.

"It's a huge win for us. Jamie Pollock did a good job of getting the shot off," said Newfield. "When we play Mercer, and other in-state rivals, we just know that we have to beat these teams and keep our reputation as the most competitive team in the state."

The game also marked the first appearance in a Bulldog uniform for redshirt freshman Riliegh McHugh.

Georgia Soccer returns on Sun., Sept. 11 at 2:00 p.m. to take on another in-state rival in the Georgia State Panthers. Live video coverage will be available on georgiadogs.com.

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