JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The King University women's soccer team opened their season with a tough defeat to Georgia College. The Tornado held a 1-0 lead in the second half, but the Bobcats scored a pair of late goals to take the contest 2-1.
FINAL SCORE: Georgia College 2, King 1
LOCATION: McCown Field; Jefferson City, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 0-1; Georgia College 1-0
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Bobcats didn't waste any time going on the attack, ripping four shots in the first 15 minutes. One of the shots was on frame, and Tornado goalkeeper Olivia Drake came up with the save.
- Georgia College continued to pressure, hitting the crossbar in the 20th minute and Drake came up with three more saves in the first half to keep the contest scoreless at the break.
- The best scoring chance for King came in the fourth minute when Reagan Dempsey laced a shot that was turned away by the Bobcat goalkeeper.
- In the second half, McKenzie Clarke got the Tornado on the board in the 57th minute. She took a free kick from 20 yards out and Clarke placed her shot over the keeper for her first goal of the season.
- The Tornado then answered with a corner kick and Clarke ripped another shot wide in the 60th minute.
- However, the Bobcats answered in the 67th minute when Amanda Bartholomew found the back of the net with the assist going to Cassie Balzano.
- Georgia College continued to pressure and Bartholomew gave the Bobcats a 2-1 lead with another goal in the 76th minute.
- From there, the Tornado couldn't recover as the Bobcats took the contest 2-1.
- King took six shots in the contest, putting two on frame.
- Drake made eight saves in goal for the Tornado.
FOR THE FOES
- In the contest, Georgia College took 26 shots, placing 10 on frame.
- Ashlee Graham recorded one save for the Bobcats.
- Bartholomew took nine shots to lead the way for Georgia College, accounting for both goals.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The goal for Clarke was the first of her career.
- For Drake, the eight saves came within one of her career-high of nine.
- King hosts Ferris State University on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
- Georgia College stays on the road to face Carson-Newman on Sunday.