Oct. 5, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. --- The Georgia soccer team scored two goals and held the SEC's most potent offense scoreless in Friday night's 2-0 win over Ole Miss Friday night at the OM Soccer Complex.
The Bulldogs scored their first goal in the 26th minute and added an insurance in the 75th, while keeping the Rebels - who entered tonight leading the league in goals, points, and assists - off the scoreboard in the victory. Georgia tonight improves to 6-6-2 (2-3-2) while Ole Miss drops to 9-5-0 (2-5-0).
"It was a great effort," said head coach Steve Holeman. "We're so excited to come out of here with the win. It's been a while since we got a good result. We beat a great Ole Miss team tonight. I thought we played well in the first half, but the second half was all them, and we know that. They came at us and put us under pressure, and we held on strong. The second goal was against the run of play, but we held on defensively and got the win."
It was only the second loss of the season for the Rebels at home, and only the third time they were shut out.
The Bulldogs broke through with 20 minutes remaining in the first half when Jenna Owens was fed the ball up top and beat the last defender and then the goalkeeper, firing the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs had a chance at a second goal in the first half when Nicole Locandro flicked one to Susannah Dennis, whose shot was corralled by keeper Kelly McCormick. With three to go in the first, Madeline Barker sent a cross over from deep on the left wing, and freshman Andie Fontanetta just barely missed getting a head on it from the far post. Fontanetta was making her return to the field for the first time since breaking her collar bone on Aug. 19 vs. Furman.
The Bulldogs went into halftime guarding their one-goal lead, leading Ole Miss in shots by a tally of 7-6.
The Rebels came out firing in the second half and had several chances at the equalizer, but Barker soon took advantage of a Bulldog chance down the other end when she took control on the left side and dribbled across the field, where she set up her shot from the right and sent it over McCormick to give Georgia the 2-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
Georgia's defense buckled down to keep Ole Miss from finding the back of the net despite taking 12 shots, and Bulldog veteran netminder Ashley Baker answered when called upon in making three highlight-reel save as time expired to seal the win.
The Bulldogs found a way to limit Ole Miss' opportunities - particular those of Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza, each with 10 goals to their names in 2012.
Georgia moves to 9-7-2 all-time vs. Ole Miss, while Holeman made his return to the field where he led the Rebel soccer program for 15 years before leaving for UGA in 2010. Holeman, incidentally, is now just five wins shy of 200 for his career.
The Bulldogs are back on the road Sunday at South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. Georgiadogs.com will offer live audio and the live blog.