Marion Crowder (left) and Becca Rasmussen celebrate Crowder's goal vs. UNCG on Sunday in the home opener.
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team (1-0-1, 0-0-1) will hit the road for a pair of non-conference games on the West Coast this weekend, set to take on Long Beach State on Friday night at 10 p.m. ET and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.
Both games will offer live audio coverage on Georgiadogs.com, in addition to the Georgia Soccer Live Blog.
Last Time Out: The Bulldogs finished off the season-opening weekend with a 3-0 win over UNC Greensboro on Sunday afternoon in front of over 2,000 fans at the UGA Soccer Stadium, earning the victory after Friday night’s 1-1 tie vs. Ole Miss in the first ever live event to air on the SEC Network.
Georgia’s Sunday goals came from Marion Crowder - in her first game back from ACL surgery - as well as Gabby Seiler and Bria Washington, while freshman Louise Hogrell earned the shutout in goal with five saves to finish with nine on her debut weekend. Seiler also had an assist on Sunday, in addition to another goal on Friday to come away with a five-point opening weekend. Washington’s goal vs. the Spartans was the first of her career.
About The Bulldogs: The 2014 Bulldogs return six regular starters and 17 letterwinners from last season’s squad, including leading goal-scorer and All-South Region performer Marion Crowder.
Additionally, Georgia welcomes in 13 newcomers - five of whom play for their respective country’s youth national team in Mariel Gutierrez (Mexico U-20), Louise Hogrell (Sweden U-19), Eli Martinez (Honduras U-20), Shayna Raekelboom (Belgium U-19), and Becca Rasmussen (United States U-18).
Georgia’s 2014 schedule is again a difficult one, with the squad set to face off against eight 2013 NCAA Tournament participants. The Bulldogs will play nine home contests at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
Looking at the 49ers: Long Beach State finished the 2013 season with a record of 8-7-3 - good for the program’s fourth straight winning record. The 49ers missed the NCAA Tournament last year, but have made four appearances in the last six seasons. The team returns 16 letterwinners and nine starters - including Big West Preseason All-Conference selections Taylor Nelson on defense and Mimi Rangel in the midfield. Rangel led the way last season with five goals and four assists for 14 points.
The opening weekend saw The Beach fall 1-0 to USC and earn a scoreless draw vs. Georgetown.
LBSU was picked to finish third in the Big West this season in a vote of the league’s coaches.
Georgia is 1-0 in the brief series history, with a 1-0 victory over LBSU last season in Athens. Marion Crowder netted the game-winner in the 80th minute.
Looking at the Titans: Cal State Fullerton returns in 2014 as the reigning Big West champion and coming off a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where the squad suffered a 1-0 first round loss to Stanford. The Titans finished 2013 with a record of 13-7-2, including 9-1-0 in conference action.
The squad opened 2014 with a 1-1 tie vs. BYU and a 1-0 loss to Michigan State.
The team returns 13 letterwinners and five starters, while welcoming 11 newcomers. Christina Burkenroad is the top returning scorer, tallying two goals and one assist in 2013. Senior defender Colleen Ortega is back after starting all 22 games last season.
Georgia has never faced Cal State Fullerton.
Hogrell, Seiler Earn SEC Weekly Honors: Georgia soccer players Louise Hogrell and Gabby Seiler received weekly honors from the Southeastern Conference for the first week of the 2014 season, with Hogrell named the Freshman of the Week and Seiler the Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. It is the first career SEC weekly honor for both players.
The duo helped Georgia to a 1-0-1 start with a 3-0 win over UNC Greensboro on Sunday and a 1-1 tie vs. Ole Miss on Friday night in the first in-season live event to be televised on the SEC Network.
Hogrell picked up nine combined saves in her first two outings in goal for Georgia, collecting the shutout vs. UNCG. The Asa, Sweden, native kept the Spartans off the board on Sunday despite five of UNCG’s six total shots going on goal. Through her first two games, she is allowing a mere 0.45 goals per game with a save percentage of 0.900.
Seiler came away with five points on the weekend on the strength of two goals and one assist, already surpassing her point total from the entire 2013 season (four). Her first-half goal against the Rebels on Friday in Oxford put Georgia on top before Ole Miss eventually equalized. On Sunday, her penalty-kick goal in the second half gave Georgia a 2-0 lead on its way the 3-0 victory. The Peachtree City native also tacked on an assist on Marion Crowder’s game-winner earlier in the half vs. UNCG.
Next Up: Georgia will play two at home next weekend, hosting Houston on Sept. 5 and UCF on Sept. 7 at the UGA Soccer Stadium as non-conference action continues.