Georgia Opens SEC Play With Vandy, Arkansas
Nikki Hill

Sept. 12, 2012

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team (4-3) will open the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule this weekend when it welcomes SEC West foes Vanderbilt and Arkansas to the UGA Soccer Stadium, this Friday and Sunday. The Bulldogs will host the Commodores (3-3-1) on Friday night, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Georgia’s “Futbol Fiesta” game, before meeting the Razorbacks (3-3-0) on Sun., Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.

Georgia will offer live video coverage with commentary from Kevin Copp beginning just prior to kickoff for both games. Live scoring will also be available on

On Friday night the first 500 fans will receive Futbol Fiesta t-shirts, while halftime will include the annual burrito-eating contest.

Georgia in SEC Openers: Georgia is 9-8 all-time in SEC openers, most recently falling 1-0 to Florida last season at home on Sept. 23.

Last Time Out: The Georgia soccer team took a 2-0 defeat at the hand of visiting New Mexico last Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium, allowing a goal at the end of each half in its final non-conference outing of the season.

The Bulldogs were unable to find the back of the net for the second straight game as Georgia dropped to 4-3 heading into SEC play. The Lobos got both goals on the night from senior midfielder Rachel Montoya. 

Looking at the Commodores: Vanderbilt enters SEC play at 3-3-1 on the season following last weekend’s 4-1 win over Western Kentucky. The Commodores have been led through the non-conference slate by Cheyna Williams’ four goal, three assist effort as she sits with 11 points, while three players - Kelsey Tillman, Dana Schwartz, and Ashley Oswald - have two goals apiece.

Series History, Georgia vs. Vandy: Georgia is 10-9 all-time against Vanderbilt, riding a five-match winning streak in the all-time series. That includes last season’s 2-0 win on the road in Nashville, when Georgia got goals from Alexa Newfield and Meghan Gibbons.

Looking at the Razorbacks: Arkansas wrapped up the non-conference schedule with a record of 3-3-0, a run that includes two tough 1-0 losses in the Razorbacks’ last two outings, coming at the hands of Kennesaw State and No. 1 Florida State.

The Razorbacks have seen a balanced offense through the first seven games, with four players having found the scoring column and six with an assist.

Series History, Georgia vs. Arkansas: Georgia and owns a 9-2-3 all-time ledger vs. Arkansas, most recently defeating the Razorbacks by a 1-0 score in 2011 on the road in Fayetteville.

The Bulldogs got the game-winner from Alexa Newfield that day, with the assist from Jenna Owens in the 27th minute.

Good Crowds: Georgia has seen impressive attendance yet again this season, currently in second in the SEC with an average crowd of 1,508 at the UGA Soccer Stadium and a total home attendance of 4,524 behind only Texas A&M.

Stacking Up: Georgia redshirt freshman Bella Hartley is currently ranked tied for seventh in the SEC in goals with four, while junior Carli Shultis is tied for ninth in assists with three. Senior keeper Ashley Baker is currently No. 1 in the league in saves (35) and saves per game (5.83), and fifth in save percentage (0.854).

As a team, Georgia leads the league in saves with 38 and is ranked third in corners with 51. Georgia also has the fewest offsides calls in the league with just six.

One-Goal Games: The Bulldogs have played five one-goal games out of seven total outings in 2012, going 3-2 in those games. In 2011 Georgia played in nine one-goal games all season, with a record of 6-3.

Milestone Nearing for Holeman: Georgia head coach Steve Holeman needs just seven more wins to secure the 200th of his career. He entered the season at 189-137-37 overall in 18 seasons at Auburn, Ole Miss, and Georgia and now sits with 193 career victories.

That ranks him tied for 46th all-time in career victories among active Division I coaches, and seventh in the SEC.

Next Up: Georgia will hit the road for the first time in SEC play this season when it travels to Alabama and Florida for Friday-Sunday meetings vs. the Crimson Tide and Gators, respectively, next weekend. The Florida game will be televised on CSS.



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