Oct. 3, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 17 Georgia soccer team got a first half goal from senior forward Marah Falle and made it count as the Bulldogs earned a 1-0 decision Sunday over Vanderbilt at the UGA Soccer Stadium in a game nationally televised on ESPNU.
The Bulldogs were the fifth straight team to shut out the SEC East rival Commodores, who haven't scored a goal since Sept. 17.
Georgia jumps to 7-2-3 (2-0-2) after today's victory and a 1-1 tie to Kentucky on Friday. The Bulldogs today concluded a five game homestand and will play the next five on the road. Vanderbilt drops to 4-7-1 (0-3-1) with the loss.
"What a great finish by Marah and even more so, what a great ball by Traci Dreesen," said head coach Steve Holeman. "That is something we have been working on. She played a perfect ball behind their left back and Marah had a great finish to the back corner."
"It was absolutely critical for us get a win today. When you are playing at home you want to get good results. We are undefeated in the SEC and that is a positive. Now we will hit the road with some momentum."
Georgia took the lead in the 15th minute when Dreesen threaded a perfect pass through the Vanderbilt defense to the foot of Falle on the right wing. The senior took two touches and served it just over the head of Commodore keeper Rachel Bachtel into the net to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 just 14:05 into the game. Falle's score would turn out to be the difference-maker.
With under a minute to play in the first half, freshman Meghan Gibbons fired a rocket that beat Bachtel but Vandy's Megan Eddings came up with a defensive stop inside the six to prevent Georgia from going up 2-0.
As the clock ran out in the first, Georgia owned a 9-5 lead in shots through the first 45:00 and were still guarding the 1-0 advantage.
Vanderbilt's biggest chance at the equalizer came when the Bulldogs were whistled for a hand ball in the box and defender Katherine Dean stepped in for it. Georgia keeper Ashley Baker guessed right and dove to her left, getting a piece of it before it clanged off the post as the Commodores missed a big chance to tie it.
Vandy had another chance late in the second half when Baker was caught out of the goal and Megan Kinsella had an open look, but her shot trickled wide right and Baker caught up to it on the end line to preserve the lead.
The Commodores had a few final chances in Bulldog territory but the Georgia defense stepped up big to preserve the fifth shutout of the year for Baker and the 1-0 Sunday afternoon win in front of 1,622.
Georgia ended with the 21-9 shot advantage and in front 7-5 in corners. Baker ended with four saves, two per half, while Bachtel logged seven for the Commodores.
Georgia finishes the midseason homestand 3-0-2 and will take to the road next weekend on a tour through the state of Mississippi to meet Ole Miss and Mississippi State Friday and Sunday. Live audio will be available on Georgiadogs.com with Kevin Copp on the call, in addition to live stats and the return of the soccer live blog.