ATHENS, Ga. – Sarah Turner scored the game-winning goal in overtime in lifting 14th-ranked Clemson to a 3-2 overtime win over 25th-ranked Georgia in a women’s intercollegiate soccer match at Athens, GA Friday night.
A crowd of 3,062 fans attended the match, the second-most ever at a UGA home match. The loss was the Bulldogs first-ever in a season opener.
The Bulldogs (0-1) got on the board first as sophomore Tricia McKee netted a goal in the seventh minute off a cross from senior Beth Culver. Junior Ki VanOudenallen also had an assist on the goal.
Georgia controlled the ball early in the first half but the Lady Tigers (1-0) shifted the momentum with several scoring chances. Clemson outshot the Bulldogs nine to seven in the half, but Georgia held onto the 1-0 lead at halftime.
Clemson maintained momentum at the start of the second half with several strong attacks, capitalizing at the 57:08 mark with a goal from senior Heather Beem, assisted by freshman Allison Graham. Georgia, however, would retake the lead moments later as McKee scored her second goal of the match at the 57:29 mark off a cross from freshman Geneil Newbern.
The Lady Tigers tied the game again in the 61st minute on a goal from senior Rachel Gallegos, assisted by senior Deliah Arrington. Regulation ended with a 2-2 tie. Clemson outshot Georgia 10-3 in the second half.
Just over three minutes into sudden victory overtime, Clemson sophomore Sarah Turner scored the game-winning goal, assisted by junior Lindsay Browne.
The Lady Tigers held a 20-10 shot advantage in the game. Clemson goalkeeper Leigh Ann Harrison recorded three saves. Georgia goalkeeper Ashley Lindley recorded 12 saves, the most in her Georgia career.
GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists1. 6:29 GEORGIA Tricia McKee (1) Beth Culver; Ki VanOudenallen2. 57:08 CLEMSON Heather Beem (1) Allison Graham3. 57:29 GEORGIA Tricia McKee (2) Geneil Newbern4. 60:32 CLEMSON Rachel Gallegos (1) Deliah Arrington5. 96:15 CLEMSON Sarah Turner (1) Lindsay Browne
Shots: Clemson 20, Georgia 10Corner Kicks: Clemson 3, Georgia 8Saves: Leigh Ann Harrison (CU) 3, Ashley Lindley (G) 12Fouls: Clemson 12, Georgia 15Attendance: 3062
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