Georgia Soccer Posts 6-0 Win

ATHENS – The University of Georgia soccer team opened the Patrick Baker era with a victory over the Georgia Southern Eagles Friday night at the Georgia Soccer Complex. The offense came alive in front of a capacity crowd of 1,850 as the Bulldogs tallied a 6-0 win.

"I think we were all collectively a little nervous to begin with," said Baker. "But we did a lot of good things. At times we were not rewarded for the quality of chances we created. Their keeper came up big a few times or maybe we were just a little off target. Overall I feel pretty good, we just need to minimize those lapses in the game. Every day we're just trying to get a little bit better. Getting six goals gives our team a tremendous amount of confidence going forward."

After nearly 39 minutes of scoreless play, the Bulldogs were finally able to break the ice on the 2005 season as freshman defender Megan Tomlinson hit the back of the net after she controlled a ball that was played into the box off of a corner kick by freshman midfielder Kathleen Howe.

"It was exciting to get that goal," said Tomlinson. "I was kind of shocked when it went in. I just remember watching the ball come off the corner, knock off of someone and just land at my feet. The goal just looked wide open so I had time to set up and shoot."

Freshman Caitlin Dingle was next on the board, as she tallied two goals in just under three minutes. Her first one came in the 42nd minute as she buried a ball that fell at her feet. A cross was played into the box where junior midfielder Randi-Lynn Bruso hit a header off the crossbar which Dingle put away. She scored her second goal off of a pass from junior midfielder Sarah Darvill after it was fed into the box from Howe.

"This was really fun," said Dingle. "It felt really good to put the first one away. Everyone around me did a great job - I was just at the right place at the right time. On one goal, Ali dribbled through a bunch of people to start the play, then on the other one, Randi's header just came right to me and I just had to knock it in."

Senior forward Erin Sekerak was next on the scoring train as she collected her first career goal off of a feed from Kelly Whitaker. The ball was played from the Georgia defense out to Kristin Garman on the right side, who pushed it up to Whitaker. Whitaker took two defenders to the end line, then knocked it back to Sekerak who was streaking toward the goal.

The only other senior on the team, forward Ali Williams, tallied the final two Bulldog scores. The first one was a perfect head ball off of a corner kick taken by Kendra Auston that beat goalkeeper Laura-Ashley Harris. Her second tally came off of a feed across the box from Cortni Joyner, who had beaten several defenders off the dribble.

"On the first goal Kendra just played a perfect ball right at the six-yard line," said Williams. "I don't think the defenders were challenging us very much off of corner kicks so I just tried to get in and get a head on it. On the second one, Cortni did an amazing job. The second goal was all Cortni's hard work. She carried it up the line and just played a perfect ball to my feet and I just tapped it in."

The Georgia defense stymied the Eagle offense, allowing no shots on goal. Junior Lauren Church got the start in the net, while junior Beth Klueter saw time in the second half as well. Neither was fully tested by the GSU forwards, but both commanded their penalty box well.

The Bulldogs' next contest comes on Sunday, Aug. 28 against Middle Tennessee in Athens. GXtra will provide audio coverage of the game.

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