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UGA cruises against UK 3-1

2031 days ago
Georgia Athletics

Oct. 27, 2016 LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Three-second half goals lifted Georgia over Kentucky as the Bulldogs earned their first road win in the season finale at the Bell Soccer Complex on Thursday night. The Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats with a final score of 3-1.

With the win, Georgia finishes the season 6-11-1, 3-8 in SEC play.

"I am very pleased with the effort," Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said. "It was fun to see the underclassmen want to do this for the seniors and the seniors certainly responded and played their part in this. Marion Crowder had two really nice assists and a lot of players stepped up today. I'm pleased to get three goals in the final game. Hopefully this is a springboard to future success, not many teams end their season with a win. This is a good momentum builder for us, and to play your best soccer at the end of the season is a good thing."

Senior Marion Crowder started the Bulldogs off on the attack, taking a shot in the first minute of play, and the Wildcats came back to take a shot of their own. Georgia and Kentucky kept the ball at midfield for the next ten minutes before Crowder had another look, sailing the ball wide of the net.

Kentucky had an opportunity to score in the 16th minute as the Wildcats drew Louise Hogrell out of goal and took a shot that hit the post, allowing the Bulldogs to save the rebound shot.

The Bulldogs and Wildcats were scoreless after 45 minutes of play, with Georgia leading Kentucky in shots, 7-5, and corner kicks, 2-1.

Another Kentucky attempt fell short in the 52nd minute after the Wildcats beat Louise Hogrell at the goal, but Delaney Fechalos hustled to make the last second save at the line to keep the board clean and notching the second team save of the game.

Georgia was on the board in the 70th minute as the Bulldogs capitalized off of a counterattack from a Kentucky free kick. Marion Crowder fed the ball to Mariel Gutierrez on the far left side to take the 1-0 lead.

Three minutes later, Georgia extended its lead to 2-0 on another counterattack goal as Marion Crowder passed the ball to Kelsey Killean for the score.

Georgia scored one more in the 86th minute with Mariel Gutierrez feeding the ball to Katie MacGinnitie for the finish.

Kentucky was able to score in the final minute of the game to bring the score to 3-1.

With tears in their eyes, seniors reflected on their time in the red and black.

"It's crazy to think my time here has come to an end," Lauren Tanner said. "I've dedicated my life to this sport and I'm so thankful for my coaches, family, and the fans for the continued support."

"It was a great way to go out," Bria Washington said. "Our underclassmen played so well for us and we were able to come out with a win to end the season."

"I'm so happy that I got to end my senior season with a win and we played a great, collective 90 minutes to finish the season," Caroline Waters added. "I'm always proud to be a Bulldog."