ATHENS, Georgia – With a four-goal explosion to open the second half, the University of Georgia football team continued their strong start with a 5-0 victory over Wofford in front of 1,010 spectators on Sunday night’s senior night. at the Turner Soccer Complex.
Sunday’s victory gives Georgia (5-1-0) their best start since the 2013 season, which also started with a 5-1 record. The Bulldogs have now had four straight wins as they near the end of the non-conference game. Plus, each of Georgia’s five wins has been at least two goals clear.
Georgia dominated on offense, edging Wofford (2-4) by a 41-6 margin, the most shots on the program since 42 against Mississippi State in 2011. The Bulldogs also led in shots on goal, 20-2, and got nine corners. kicks against two for the Terriers.
Graduated forward Mollie Belisle matched her career high with eight shots, a team-high, while the second-year forward Tori Penn also set a new high score with six. Senior midfielder Abby boyan had Georgia’s second five-point outing of the season, setting a new career high.
Defensively, the goalkeeper Emory wegener earned him 15e career shutout, rising to fifth place in program history. In 90 minutes of play, the senior goalie made two saves on her second clean sheet of the season.
“The girls were, for a player, grateful for what the seniors did and the example they set,” said the Georgia head coach. Billy Lesesne after the victory of Senior Night. “We wanted them to take this moment and get another victory on our pitch in front of their family and friends. It meant a lot to every player that these seniors come out with a win. Mission accomplished – especially when things calmed down in second half for us. “
Early on, Georgia got two promising corner opportunities, but couldn’t convert. The drought was finally broken in the 27e minute as Boyan intercepted a free kick from Wofford and scored from 20 yards to put Georgia on the board. Later in the half, the Bulldogs nearly added another goal as the Wofford goaltender misinterpreted a pass from her baseline but managed to clear the ball before Georgia could play it.
As the second half unfolded, the Georgian attack finally began to convert to its many opportunities, scoring four goals in 10 minutes. Boyan scored her second goal of the night as she scored a pass from the senior defender Cecily Stoute in the 47e minute.
Just under a minute later, Belisle got an assist from Boyan and dropped her in the lower left corner of the goal for her eighth score of the season, putting her in sole possession of the national lead. In the 52sd minute, she added to her margin with a header on a second-year cross forward Madison Haugen, bringing it to nine scores in just six matches. Belisle has now scored two goals in four of Georgia’s five wins.
In the 54e minute, senior striker Dani Murguia scored his fifth goal of the season with a header on an assist from Mallie McKenzie. Penn nearly scored a sixth goal in 81st minute, but his long ride hit the crossbar and passed the goal.
Georgia now turns her attention to a clash with Presbyterian on Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. at the Turner Soccer Complex. Admission is free and the game will be broadcast live on SEC Network +.
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