ATHENS, Ga. - A determined defensive effort from the Jacksonville University women’s soccer team on Friday night ended in disappointment as a 100th minute goal from Gabby Seiler gave Georgia the 1-0 victory in overtime.
Though the Bulldogs outshot JU 26-9 on the night, the Dolphins (2-2-0) didn’t go without their chances. A cross from Adriana Rodrigues came in to Sarah Moghadas late in the first half for the best scoring opportunity of the match up to that point, but the shot sailed high and kept the match scoreless at the break.
Georgia piled on the pressure in the second 45 minutes, squeezing off 15 shots in that period alone. Nevertheless, the Jacksonville defense stood strong and kept the home team off the board. Sarah Sierra would end the night with eight saves to her credit.
The Dolphins had one great chance to win the match in regulation when Kaitlyn Bassett broke free of the defense in the final 10 minutes and was one-on-one with Georgia goalkeeper Caitlin Woody. Woody, however, was able to make the save, forcing the extra time.
Things continued to build in the Jacksonville final third throughout overtime, as the Dolphins were rarely able to sustain any offensive threat. With less than 30 seconds to go until the end of the first extra session, Seiler took a feed from Marion Crowder and finally found a way past Sierra, scoring and giving the Bulldogs the victory.
"I'm extremely proud of the fight and intensity we played with tonight," said Head Coach Brian Copham. "We matched up with a very good Georgia team and we responded extremely well to playing a team of this caliber. Despite the loss, there are a number of positives that we can take out of tonight. I hope we can take those things and continue to match tonight's intensity on Sunday and in the weeks ahead."
Jacksonville is not the first team to be shut out by Georgia this season, and it likely won’t be the last. The shutout streak of the Bulldogs stretches back over four complete games and has reached nearly 400 minutes since they conceded to Texas in their season opener.
JU will try to salvage a victory out of this weekend’s road trip when they take on Georgia State on Sunday at 2 p.m.