Georgia Soccer Falls To UAB and UNC

ATHENS - The University of Georgia soccer team put up a very strong defensive effort, but was unable to hold off the powerhouse University of North Carolina Tarheels, losing by a score of 2-0 at the Turner Soccer Complex Saturday night. Earlier in the day, Georgia lost to UAB by the same score. Georgia now holds a 2-3 record in spring season play.

"This game was a wonderful opportunity to play some great individual talent and a great team," said Georgia head coach Patrick Baker. "We did some good things tonight but we also made some mistakes. Good teams will make you pay for those mistakes and North Carolina did. Overall I'm very pleased with the effort. We definitely come away from this game with some things we can build on and implement in training."

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels scored their first goal at the 14:05 mark on a shot by Sterling Smith, assisted by Kendall Fletcher and Heather O'Reilly.

The Tarheels struck again at the 56:10 mark on an unassisted goal by Heather O'Reilly after Lauren Church left the goalie box to help out on defense. Church had a total of six saves against the Tarheels.

The Bulldogs managed three shots on goal while the Tarheels had eight.

In the UAB match, Georgia had a series of scoring opportunities but were unable to net a goal.

"We did have some chances to score in both halves of that game but we just didn't finish," said Baker. "Unfortunately, both of their first two shots hit the back of the net. I think we were fighting ourselves, fighting our opponent and fighting the scoreboard. Ashley Stinson and Ali Williams had a couple of breakaways and shots that went right to the keeper. We have to give UAB a lot of credit though. I think that game was similar to our game earlier this spring against Winthrop. It sends our team a message that we have to defend better and we have to take advantage of our chances when we get them."

The Bulldog' spring season continues on April 1 at 6 p.m. as the Bulldogs welcome back former players for the annual Alumni Game.

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