Sep 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team has a rare split weekend on tap, set to host Jacksonville on Fri., Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in Athens before traveling to meet UNC Greensboro on the road on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Bulldogs' second-to-last weekend of non-conference play in 2013.
Georgiadogs.com will offer live video coverage for the Jacksonville game with commentary from Kevin Copp beginning just prior to kickoff. On Sunday vs. UNCG, there will be live audio coverage in addition to the Georgia Soccer Live Blog.
Milestone Nearing For Holeman: Georgia fourth-year head coach Steve Holeman is nearing a milestone in his career, as he sits just one win shy of 200. Holeman's all-time record is 199-149-39 (.565) in 19 seasons. The longest-tenured active coach in the Southeastern Conference, Holeman coached one year at Auburn, 15 years at Ole Miss, and has completed three at UGA.
Last Time Out: The Georgia soccer team posted a weekend sweep of Mercer and Furman on Friday and Sunday, respectively, to improve to 3-1 on the season with three straight wins - all shutouts.
On Friday night, freshman Marion Crowder scored her first career goal - which proved to be the game-winner - in the first half as part of the 3-0 victory, with later goals scored by senior Nicole Locandro via a PK and freshman Rachel Garcia. Sunday, Georgia got both its goals from senior Madeline Barker, downing the Paladins 2-0 after a two-hour delay due to inclement weather. Senior defender Torri Allen had a standout weekend on the back line, helping lead the way to the pair of blank sheets while registering a rare defensive save against Mercer and adding an assist vs. Furman.
Looking at the Dolphins: Jacksonville will head to Athens with an early season record of 2-1, most recently defeating Niagara by a 3-2 score in a tournament at USF last weekend.
Early on, the Dolphins are led by Kaitlyn Bassett's four goals, while seven other players have found the scoring column with one goal each. Sarah Sierra and Jill D'Amico have each played in goal for JU this season, with each making three saves to date.
Jacksonville was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Sun this season, while senior defender Ally Lee was named the Atlantic Sun Defender of the Year by a vote of the conference's head coaches as well as its fans. The Dolphins finished 2012 with a record of 9-7-3 and reached the semifinals of the A-Sun tournament.
Georgia is 2-0 all-time vs. Jacksonville, most recently earning a 1-0 win in 2006. The Bulldogs are 24-0-4 all-time against teams from the A-Sun, already beating Mercer this season.
Looking at the Spartans: Coached by former Georgia assistant Steve Nugent (and former Georgia volunteer coach Jonathan Harvey now working as Nugent's assistant), the Spartans enter the weekend at 3-1. They most recently earned a 2-0 shutout of UNC Wilmington, with both goals coming from junior Ashley Stokes. UNCG had trailed UNCW the day before, but weather postponed the match without the teams playing enough minutes for it to count. UNCG will play High Point on Friday night before taking on Georgia on Sunday.
The Spartans were chosen to finish third in the 2013 Southern Conference preseason poll with sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Simmons making the preseason All-Conference team. UNCG went 12-7-1 overall and 9-1-1 in the SoCon in 2012 in winning the conference's regular season title a year ago.
Georgia owns an all-time record of 2-1 all-time vs. the Spartans, including last season's 1-0 victory in double overtime.
About the Bulldogs: 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). Additionally, the squad welcomed in 16 newcomers, including two Gatorade high school state players of the year in Marion Crowder (Mississippi) and Rachel Garcia (Georgia).
Georgia's 2013 schedule is again a difficult one, with the squad set to face off against six NCAA Tournament teams from last season. Georgia will play 11 home games and will only meet 11 of the 13 SEC teams this season in the second year of conference expansion, missing out on Vanderbilt and Tennessee during the regular season in 2013.
Next Up: Georgia is back at home next weekend, hosting Long Beach State on Fri., Sept. 13 and the College of Charleston on Sun., Sept. 15. Live video coverage will be available for both on Georgiadogs.com.