Sept. 25, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. ---- Georgia's Alexa Newfield scored a header off an assist by Carli Shultis and Susannah Dennis in the 105th minute to lift the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win over South Carolina on Sunday in front of a crowd of 1,542 at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
Georgia improves to 7-3 overall, 1-1 in the conference, while the Gamecocks fall to 7-4 (1-1 SEC).
"Carli Shultis did a great job of breaking fee," Newfield said. "She served a great ball to the back post, and I just sent it back where it came from. This was definitely a huge win for us. We knew this game was very important. There are a lot of weekends left in the SEC, and we can't let up."
With the Georgia win and Tennessee's victory over Florida, the Bulldogs are now tied for first in the SEC East at the end of the first weekend of conference play.
"That is what we needed," said head coach Steve Holeman. "We had to protect our home field. Tennessee beat Florida, so we are back in the hunt now. South Carolina is a good team, and after halftime I felt like things started to turn our way."
Early shots by South Carolina set the pace to begin the game. Sophomore Shultis had an early header, which was saved by the Gamecock's Sabrina D'Angelo. Freshman Jenna Owens attempted another shot off of a throw-in by Dennis that was again saved by D'Angelo.
South Carolina's Kayla Grimsley scored the first goal of the game at 11:38 left in the first period. Just 22 seconds later, Newfield scored on an unassisted high-arching goal into the top right corner from 30 yards out to even the score.
"We talk all the time about responding after a goal is scored, whether it's us scoring or the opposition," said Holeman. "Teams have a tendency to let up when they get ahead, and we took advantage of that today."
Georgia had a chance to take the lead at the 32:28 mark of the second half, but a huge header from senior Bailey Powell fell short. Junior Rebekah Perry had two defensive sliding tackles to hold the score at 1-1 at the end of regulation.
As Georgia recorded their longest game of the season with 1:42 left in the first period of overtime, sophomore Tori Allen's shot attempt was just high, forcing double overtime. A cross by Shultis from Dennis set up a header for Newfield to take the win at 4:02 left in the second overtime period.
The Bulldogs continue conference play as they head to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on Arkansas on Sept. 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET followed by a trip to Baton Rouge, La. on Oct. 2 to face LSU at 2:00 p.m. UGA is just two wins away from program victory No. 200.