ATTHNA, Ga. – The University of Georgia football team opened the season on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over South Carolina at the Turner Soccer Complex.
This is the first time the Bulldogs have played a game since 2014 against Gamecocks, a team that’s the 2019 season in the No. 1 standings.
“It was an important way to start the season,” said Georgian Prime Minister Billy Lesesne. “It was a lot of travel, but getting the result today means a lot to this group. It helps to give us confidence, I was saying we were playing well at the end of last season.
“South Carolina finished our season and the SEC game in 2019, so to play it right away is a good measurement tree to see where we are. I was saying we’s well measured today. South Carolina is a very good team. “I think it’s important for our team that we are strong and broken, something we did well today.”
After a rough first half, the Bulldogs hit the road for the first time in 2020 at 62:28. Sophomore Mallie McKenzie checked the ball before sending it to the older Mollie Belisle, who sent it to McKenzie for a relationship, and then to the younger Abby Boyan for finishing.
Georgia’s Georgia was strong against a talented South Carolina team as the Bulldogs fired a total of 13 shots in the 90-yard game.
Boyan and second-grader Chloe Chapman each fired three shots, while Belisle added two more. Five other Bulldogs attempted.
Georgia’s defense took on a strong backlash against Kayla Bruster, and youngsters Cecily Stoute and Hale Otto with a solid backing.
The Bulldogs captured the Gamecocks with eight shots and the young goalkeeper Emory Wegener saved four, marking the 11th closing of her career.
(* Due to the postponement of the NCAA Women’s Football Championship, the poll for 2020 has not yet been announced.)