Sept. 3, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team (2-1-1, 0-0-1) returns to Athens for a pair of home games this weekend, hosting Houston and UCF at the UGA Soccer Stadium. Georgia will open the weekend with the Cougars on Fri., Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. before meeting the Knights on Sun., Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.
Both games will be broadcast on the SEC Network+ digital platform, available on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app to fans whose cable provider carries the television channel. Kevin Copp (play-by-play) and Lisa Boyd (color commentary) will be on the call.
Free live audio coverage will also be available on Georgiadogs.com.
Last Time Out: The Bulldogs posted a split weekend on their California road trip, falling in a 3-2 heartbreaker to Long Beach State on Friday night after holding two separate leads in the game, then rebounding with a 2-1 overtime victory on Sunday at Cal State Fullerton. In the LBSU game, sophomore Caroline Waters scored the first goal of her career.
Sophomore Gabby Seiler again paced the Bulldogs on the weekend, tallying her second straight five-point weekend to sit with 10 total on the year (4g, 2a, 10p).
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 welcomed 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.
Looking at the Cougars: Houston enters the weekend at 1-0-1, having played just two games after their match vs. North Texas slated for Aug. 29 was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The Cougars are led by Kayla Walker's two goals, while Jordan Brown has played all 200 minutes in goal and has logged seven saves and two shutouts as UH has not yet conceded a goal in 2014.
The Cougars went just 1-12-3 last season, which included a 2-0 loss to Georgia in Houston in August. UH returns 14 letterwinners from that squad, including leading scorer Alexis Weaver.
Looking at the Knights: UCF enters the weekend ranked No. 17 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll and standing at 2-1-0 on the early season, and will play at home vs. Florida Atlantic on Friday night before making the trip to Athens. The Knights are coming off a 2-0 victory over TCU in their last outing.
UCF is led by Auburn transfer Tatiana Coleman, already with three goals in 2014. Connie Organ has played all 270 minutes in goal.
The Knights are coming off one of the best seasons in school history, winning the 2013 American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships and earning a seventh straight NCAA Tournament bid, finishing with a record of 16-3-4. The team brought back eight starters and all five top goal and point scorers from last season, a year that included a school-record 18-match unbeaten streak. Earlier this week, however, the team announced the departure of international star Lena Petermann (8g, 4a, 20p in 2013), as Petermann will return to Germany to pursue a professional career after scoring the game-winning goal in the recent U-20 Women's World Cup final.
Georgia is 2-1 all-time vs. UCF, most recently falling 1-0 in an overtime game in Orlando back in 2012.
Seiler Ties Record With Latest Goal: With her game-winning goal in overtime vs. Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 31, sophomore midfielder Gabby Seiler became only the second player in Georgia soccer history to score in four consecutive games. She joins teammate Marion Crowder, who did so in 2013. No player has ever scored in five in a row.
Through four games, the Peachtree City native leads Georgia with 10 points on four goals and two assists, tied for second in the Southeastern Conference stats in both categories. Through all of 2013, Seiler tallied one goal and two assists for four points.
Next Up: Georgia has a split weekend on tap next time out, set to host Mercer on Friday, Sept. 12 in Athens before heading to meet Furman on the road in Greenville, S.C., on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Furman game closes out the non-conference slate for the Bulldogs.