Oct. 4, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — No. 21 Georgia broke open a 1-0 game with two second half goals en route to a 3-0 win over Vanderbilt on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the VU Soccer Complex.
The Commodores dropped their first home game of the year after going starting 7-0. VU is now 7-4-1 overall and 1-3 in Southeastern Conference action, while the Bulldogs improved to 10-1-1 and 3-1 in league action.
“Our biggest issue is we aren’t capitalizing on other team’s mistakes, while they are taking advantage of ours,” said Vanderbilt head coach Ronnie Woodard. “Georgia did a very good job on their counter attack.”
Georgia got on the board first, when Natalie Farley scored from 11 yards into the left corner of the net off an assist from Ashley Miller.
The Commodores had a several solid scoring opportunities in the first half, including two great chances, but failed to convert. Molly Kinsella was able to get behind the Georgia defense and keeper Michelle Betos, but her shot sailed wide. She had another opportunity as she got behind the defense again, but Betos was able to deny her shot.
Six of the Bulldogs nine shots in the first half were on goal. The Commodores had 10 shots in the first half, four of them on net.
Georgia controlled the second half an put the game away with two goals in the period. They had a 9-3 shot advantage in the final stanza and finished with a 18-13 shot lead.
Caroline Simpson’s header off of Kelli Corless’ corner kick went in from five yards out to extend UGA’s lead to 2-0 in the 64th minute.
Alex Hooker capped off the scoring for the Bulldogs in the 78th minute, connecting off an assist from Carrie Patterson to make it 3-0.
UGA keeper Michelle Betos made six saves in the shutout, while Rachel Bachtel allowed three goals while recording seven saves for the Commodores.
Molly Kinsella led VU with seven shots, three on goal, while Carrie Patterson and Lauren Clancy each had two shots on goal for the Bulldogs.
“The bottom line is if we don’t start finishing our scoring chances, the next seven games are going to be very long for us,” said Woodard.
The Commodores will continue their four-game homestand next weekend as Arkansas and LSU come to town. VU will face the Razorbacks on Friday at 7 p.m., before taking on the Tigers on Sunday at 1 p.m.
“At practice we will emphasize finishing and we need to get to the point where we aren’t saying that was a good try, instead we want to say that was a great goal,” summed up Woodard.