Oct. 16, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team (9-4-1, 2-3-1) returns home to the UGA Soccer Stadium for a pair of SEC games this weekend, welcoming Mississippi State and Texas A&M on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
The Bulldogs will square off against the other Bulldogs on Fri., Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., before taking on the Aggies on Sun., Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. The Sunday game will be televised nationally on ESPNU, with Pam Ward and USWNT/NWSL standout Cat Whitehill on the call.
Georgiadogs.com will offer live video on Friday night and live audio on Sunday, with GTV’s Kevin Copp broadcasting both games.
Last Time Out: The Georgia soccer team endured a 110-minute battle with league rival Auburn, but the teams were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw after two overtimes last Friday night at the AU Soccer Complex, moving Georgia to 9-4-1 (2-3-1) on the season after the one-game weekend.
The Tigers ended barely leading in the shot column, 11-10, with senior keeper Caitlin Woody grabbing four saves for Georgia. Her ninth shutout of the season moved the senior into a tie for first all-time at UGA for blank sheets in a single season.
Looking at the (Other) Bulldogs: MSU comes into the weekend with an overall record of 3-10-0 and 0-6-0 in the SEC. The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-0 heartbreaker at the hand of 12th-ranked Florida last Friday night, as the Gators got a Savannah Jordan header goal with one minute to play in regulation to claim the slim victory over MSU.
Mississippi State is led by Elisabeth Sullivan’s 12-goal, one-assist effort for a team-best 25 points, as Sullivan sits third in the SEC in goals, fourth in points, and first in both shots and shots per game. Behind her, the next-leading scorer on the team is Annebel ten Broeke, with three goals and six assists for 12 points, while only three other players have scored on the season and have scored one each. In goal, CJ Winship and Meara Johnson have split time, with Winship playing 773 minutes to lead the way. She has allowed 22 goals on the season (2.56 gpg), while making 40 saves and posting one shutout effort.
Georgia owns a commanding all-time record of 12-3 over MSU, riding a five-game winning streak after last season’s 3-0 victory on the road in Starkville.
Looking at the Aggies: Texas A&M heads into the weekend at 10-3-1 and 5-1-0 in the SEC. The Aggies will play Friday night at Alabama before making the trip to Athens for Sunday’s TV contest. Last time out, Texas A&M snagged a 4-3 overtime win over Arkansas at home.
Texas A&M has received goals from 12 different players on the year, led by Shea Groom’s eight goals and three assists for 19 points. Behind her, Kelley Monogue and Liz Keester have each scored six and added two helpers for 14 points, followed by Karlie Mueller (5g, 3a, 13,) and Allie Bailey (0g, 10a, 10p). In goal, the Aggies have turned to Jordan Day, who has started 13 games and played in 14, logging 1,218 minutes with only 13 goals allowed (0.96 GAA) and 46 saves made.
Georgia is 0-1 all-time vs. the Aggies, following last season’s 1-0 loss in College Station. In that game, the Bulldogs surrendered a costly own-goal in double overtime. Texas A&M will be making their first-ever trip to Athens after joining the SEC last season.
Stacking Up: Through the early part of the 2013 campaign, the Bulldogs stack up well both nationally and in the SEC in several categories. In the NCAA statistics, released for the first time last month and updated after games through Oct. 13, Georgia’s shutout percentage of 0.643 is 11th in the nation and tops in the Southeastern Conference, while the Bulldogs’ goals against average of 0.697 is 36th in the nation and third in conference.
Individually, Marion Crowder’s nine goals rank 42nd in the nation and sixth in the Southeastern Conference, while the rookie’s 19 points are good for 71st in the nation and eighth in the SEC. Caitlin Woody’s 0.697 goals-against average is 43rd in the nation and third in the SEC, while her 0.833 save percentage is 59th nationally and second in the SEC.
Five Bulldogs Named To TopDrawerSoccer.com Midseason Lists: Five members of the Georgia soccer team have been recognized for their performances through the first half of the season by landing on the TopDrawerSoccer.com midseason lists released Wednesday morning.
Senior defender Torri Allen was named a Top-100 upperclassman, coming in at No. 95 in the country, while rookies Marion Crowder, Gabby Seiler, and Rachel Garcia were named to the Top-100 Freshmen list at Nos. 9, 23, and 47, respectively, among first-year players in the nation. Additionally, Allen was named the No. 12 player in the Southeastern Conference with fellow senior Madeline Barker ranked No. 19 in the SEC.
Next Up: The Bulldogs will travel to take on LSU and Arkansas next weekend, with Sunday’s game against the Razorbacks set to be televised regionally on CSS beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET.