Soccer Set For Final Homestand
Oct. 10, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team (6-7-2, 2-4-2) will play its final homestand of the 2012 season this weekend when it welcomes Auburn and Kentucky to the UGA Soccer Stadium Friday and Sunday.
The Bulldogs will take on the Tigers on Friday night, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. before meeting the Wildcats Sun., Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.
Georgiadogs.com will offer live video coverage of both games with commentary from Kevin Copp.
Senior Day on Sunday: Sunday’s game - the final regular-season home game of the season - will serve as Senior Day for the program’s four seniors: Ashley Baker, Jenna Buckley, Susannah Dennis, and Rebekah Perry.
Since arriving in Athens in 2009, the group has reached two NCAA Tournaments and three SEC Tournaments, reaching the second round of the national tournament twice and pushing the squad to its 200th all-time victory in October, 2011.
They own a career record of 45-26-9 entering the weekend.
Last Time Out: The Georgia soccer team came away with an SEC road split last weekend, earning a 2-0 win at Ole Miss Friday night before falling 1-0 to South Carolina on Sunday.
The Bulldogs got goals from Jenna Owens and Madeline Barker on Friday night to hand the Rebels just their second home loss of the season, keeping the SEC’s leaders in points, goals, and assists off the scoreboard for just the third time this season. On Sunday Georgia allowed a goal to the Gamecocks in the 21st minute and couldn’t find the equalizer, with the Bulldogs falling to 6-7-2 (2-4-2) on the year.
Looking at the Tigers: Auburn enters the weekend at 8-7-0 (4-4-0 SEC), coming off a 2-0 win at Mississippi State last Friday and a 1-0 loss to Tennessee on Sunday. The Tigers have won four of their last six to stand in second place in the SEC West. AU is just 1-3 on the road in 2012.
Auburn is led by Tatiana Coleman and Tori Ball each with four goals, while Coleman’s league-leading seven assists place her with 15 points on the year. Three other players have three goals and a total of nine players have scored this season for the Tigers. In goal, veteran Amy Howard has played all 1,359 minutes and amassed a 1.13 goals-against average as well as four shutouts.
Incidentally, Georgia head coach Steve Holeman started the Auburn program in 1993 before moving to Ole Miss, while AU’s current associate head coach Amy Berbary is a Georgia Soccer letterwinner.
Series History, Georgia vs. Auburn: Georgia is 9-7-2 all-time in the series with Auburn, most recently drawing 0-0 with the then-No. 22 Tigers on the road in 2011.
Looking at the Wildcats: Kentucky heads to Athens at 8-5-1 on the season and 3-4-1 in conference play following last weekend’s pair of losses - 2-1 in overtime vs. Missouri and 2-0 to Ole Miss.
Kentucky is led by four goals apiece from four players - Arin Gilliland, Courtney Raetzman, and Kelli Hubly. Cara Ledman and Natalie Horner each have three and four others have found the scoring column for UK. In goal, two keepers named Kayla - Kayla King and Kayla Price - have split time for the Wildcats, with Price playing 712 minutes and King 600 minutes. They combine for a 1.17 GAA and 43 saves. Kentucky has fared much better at home this season, where it is 6-1, as opposed to a 2-3 record on the road.
Series History, Georgia vs. Kentucky: Georgia is 11-4-3 all-time vs. Kentucky, including last season’s 2-1 win in Lexington that came on an Alexa Newfield goal with 2:30 to play.
About the Bulldogs: The 2012 Bulldogs returned nine starters and 16 letterwinners from last season’s NCAA second-round campaign, including All-SEC midfielder Alexa Newfield and goalkeeper Ashley Baker. The squad also welcomes in eight freshmen.
In 2011 Georgia made the field of 64 and reached the second round for just the sixth time in school history, putting together a record of 13-7-2 (6-3-2 SEC). It was Georgia’s fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last five seasons and eighth overall, as UGA defeated Kansas in the first round before falling to the eventual national runner-up Duke, 3-1.
Georgia’s 2012 schedule is again a difficult one, with the squad set to face off against 11 NCAA Tournament teams from last season as well as five teams that were ranked in the preseason NSCAA top-25 poll.
Through the first 15 games the Bulldogs have been paced by redshirt freshman Bella Hartley and junior Meghan Gibbons, each with four goals. Keeper Ashley Baker’s 81 saves rank third-most in the SEC. Junior Carli Shultis has added five assists so far, which is good for tied for sixth in the conference.
#SECsoccer20: The 2012 season marks the 20th anniversary of soccer in the Southeastern Conference (the 18th for UGA). In recognition of this milestone, the SEC is running historical features on each program on its Web site throughout the season - SECdigitalnetwork.com. Georgia’s feature on All-American Stephanie Yarem Ransom, who played on Georgia’s inaugural soccer team - ran Mon., Sept. 17. The SEC also plans to run promotions and giveaways using the hashtag #SECsoccer20.
Next Up: Georgia is on the road for the next three games - heading to Mississippi State and SEC newcomer Texas A&M next weekend before rounding out the regular-season slate Oct. 25 at Tennessee.
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