Georgia Soccer Blanks Middle Tennessee 2-0

ATHENS – The University of Georgia soccer team (2-0-0) netted a pair of first-half goals to beat Middle Tennessee (1-1-0) by a score of 2-0 at the UGA Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon. Once again it was the offensive production of the freshman class that carried the scoring for the Bulldogs, as Caitlin Dingle recorded her third goal while Kristin Garman notched her first.

"Middle Tennessee is a good, well-coached team," said head coach Patrick Baker. "They put a premium on possession and really made us work with and without the ball. We kind of have to feel fortunate after this game. We created some better chances but their keeper came up really big for them and made four fantastic saves. Caitlin made a good strike on the ball, Kristin made a good strike as well and that happened to be the difference in the game. On this Friday-Sunday playing rhythm, no matter what you do on Friday night it is tough on Sunday, especially in the kind of heat and humidity we had today."

Following just over 40 minutes of play, freshman forward Caitlin Dingle got the Bulldogs on the board as she registered her third goal in two games. Junior midfielder Sarah Darvill played a long ball from just over the center line to Dingle who was streaking up the middle. Dingle beat her defender to the ball, took a touch to her right foot and ripped a shot into the far upper corner past the diving save attempt of Blue Raider goalkeeper Danielle Perreault.

Exactly three minutes later, at the 43:07 mark, freshman defender Kristin Garman pushed up from the back to get involved in the attack, collecting a square pass from junior midfielder Cortni Joyner just outside the penalty box. Garman's defender gave her just enough of a cushion to work with as she made a move back toward the middle of the field, put the ball on her left foot and lofted a shot into the upper left corner of the goal.

"It just kind of happened," said Garman. "I got the pass from Cortni, realized I had an opening and just took the shot. She (the MT defender) was giving me some space. I pushed it forward and she didn't come in to make the tackle, so I took the opportunity. I love getting involved in the offense, its probably the most fun part for me."

The Georgia defense did not allow a goal for the second straight game as the back four stymied the Blue Raider offense, allowing just three shots on goal. Junior Lauren Church played the whole game in the net for the Bulldogs, earning her second consecutive shutout and making three saves between the pipes.

"The first one was kind of a high ball," said Church. "And when I caught it, I realized that was my first save as a Bulldog. It really felt good to be back out there. In Friday night's game I really didn't see much action, I was mostly playing with my feet. Obviously we still have a lot of work to do on communicating with my back line. Every team and every keeper is different. I tend to come off of my back line a little more. It will just take time for us to learn each other's games, but it will come.


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