ATHENS, Ga. --- Freshman Lauren Tanner scored the game-winner in the 64th minute to push the Red team over Black 1-0 in the Georgia soccer team's annual intrasquad scrimmage Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
Playing a pair of 40-minute halves in the Georgia humidity, the teams battled to an even first half before the Buford native's tally off a pass from sophomore Bria Washington broke the tie midway through the second frame to push Red in front.
"The purpose of this Red & Black scrimmage is to give the girls a glimpse of what's to come," said fourth-year head coach Steve Holeman. We built this up as much as possible to make it feel like a real game, to have them know what it's like playing under the lights in front of fans. I bet we had 300 people here tonight. We saw some good things out there - there was some good movement and good combinations, and you saw a nice goal by Tanner. Overall, it was a great look at what's to come."
After Tanner's goal, Black had a chance to tie when sophomore Andie Fontanetta dribbled through space to open herself for a shot, but fired it just barely wide left. Moments later, freshman Marion Crowder ripped one from the right wing, but it went wide as Red weathered the late storm.
In the end, Red outshot Black by a count of 20-12, while all four of the team's keepers saw action in goal. Red's pair of Caitlin Woody and Kara Looby combined for seven saves, while Black's Jill Maloney and Callie Corbin Langford also had seven. Rookie Rachel Garcia took five shots to lead Red, while senior Madeline Barker's five paced the Black team.
Georgia will take on The Citadel in exhibition on Fri., Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at home before beginning the regular season on the road against Texas and Houston on Aug. 23 and 25, respectively. The 2013 Bulldogs return six regular starters and 15 letterwinners from last season, including first team All-South Region and second team All-SEC defender Torri Allen as well as the team's leading offensive player from 2012 in senior Nicole Locandro (4g, 3a, 11p). Holeman is just four wins shy of 200 for his career.