Oct. 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team (10-5-1, 3-4-1) will hit the road for the final time in the regular season, making stops at LSU and Arkansas this Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Georgia will take on the Tigers on Fri., Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. E.T. in Baton Rouge, before heading to Fayetteville to face the Razorbacks on Sun., Oct 27 at 2 p.m. E.T. Georgiadogs.com will offer live audio coverage as well as the Georgia Soccer Live Blog for both games, while Sunday’s outing will also be televised regionally on CSS. The Bulldogs have been on television three times this season.
Head coach Steve Holeman will be at the helm for the 400th game of his coaching career on Friday night at LSU.
Entering the weekend, the Bulldogs stand in ninth place in the Southeastern Conference standings. The top 10 teams in the league will participate in the 2013 SEC Championships set for Nov. 4-10 in Orange Beach, Ala. Georgia is currently just one point out of eighth place and two points out of seventh with three regular-season games remaining.
Last Time Out: The Georgia soccer team settled for a split weekend last time out, defeating Mississippi State 5-0 Friday night while falling 2-1 to Texas A&M on Sunday.
On Friday night, the Bulldogs got two goals from Madeline Barker and one apiece from Marion Crowder, Cara Smith, and Nikki Hill in the victory. It was the first career goal for Smith, while Emma Sonnett, Taylor Donohue, and Lauren Tanner all tallied their first assists. Caitlin Woody posted her 10th shutout to move into sole possession of the Georgia single-season record for blank sheets in a season.
On Sunday vs. the Aggies, the Bulldogs equalized in the 40th minute to make it 1-1, but allowed the go-ahead score in the second half as TAMU came away with the three points.
Looking at the Tigers: LSU enters the weekend at 9-5-2 overall and 5-2-1 in the SEC and in fifth place in the SEC race. The Tigers are coming off a pair of losses last weekend as they fell 1-0 to Ole Miss on Friday and 3-0 to Florida on Sunday in their first two SEC setbacks of the season. Before that, LSU was unbeaten in its previous seven games and led the conference standings.
The Tigers are led by Summer Clarke’s eight goals and three assists for a team-best 19 points, while Emma Fletcher has contributed in a different way as she enters with one goal and 10 assists for 12 points. In all, 13 Tiger players have scored at least one goal on the season, while 15 have tallied a point. In goal, Megan Kinneman has led the charge, logging 1,500 minutes and allowing 22 goals for a 1.32 goals against average and six shutouts.
Georgia is 7-5-2 all-time vs. LSU, most recently drawing 2-2 with the Tigers last season in Athens. The Bulldogs lost 2-1 last time they played in Baton Rouge, while Georgia has not won a game on the road vs. LSU since 2001.
Looking at the Razorbacks: Having one of its best seasons in recent memory, the Razorbacks enter the weekend at 11-5-0 and 4-4-0 in the SEC after last weekend’s 5-4 overtime win over Vanderbilt and 2-1 win over Tennessee with that game-winner coming in the 88th minute. Arkansas is currently seventh in the SEC standings.
Arkansas is led by Ashley Ellenwood’s 10 goals and six assists for 26 points, while Evan Palmer is next in the attack with five goals for 10 points. Seven players have tallied multiple goals on the season for UA. In goal, Cameron Carter has logged the majority of minutes, playing just under 1,400 on the season while posting a 1.55 goals against average, 50 saves, and five shutouts.
Georgia leads the all-time series with Arkansas by a count of 10-2-3, most recently defeating the Razorbacks 2-0 last year in Athens. Last time the teams played in Fayetteville, the Bulldogs earned a 1-0 victory. Georgia has not lost to UA since 2006.
Stacking Up: Throughout the 2013 campaign, the Bulldogs have stacked 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. 20, Georgia’s shutout percentage of 0.625 is 11th in the nation and tops in the Southeastern Conference, while the Bulldogs’ goals against average of 0.734 is 37th in the nation and third in conference. Georgia also comes in highly ranked in team save percentage at 36th nationally and first in the SEC with a mark of 0.833.
Individually, Marion Crowder’s 10 goals rank 42nd in the NCAA and sixth in the SEC, while the rookie’s 0.625 goals-per-game average is good for 54th nationally and seventh in the conference. Goalkeeper Caitlin Woody’s 0.734 goals against average ranks her 40th in the NCAA and third in the SEC, while her 0.831 save percentage puts her 50th overall and first in the SEC.
Next Up: The Bulldogs return home to host Florida on Halloween, Oct. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the UGA Soccer Stadium. That will serve as Senior Night for Georgia’s eight seniors.