Georgia traveled to Arkansas Friday night with hopes of ending its current losing streak and picking up its first Southeastern Conference win. Instead, the team fell to the Razorbacks 2-1 and now holds a dismal 0-5 SEC record.
The Bulldogs (3-8-1) looked good in the first half, as they were able to keep the ball of their side of the field and shutout the 12th ranked Razorbacks (12-1) in the first half.
Delaney Fechalos led the defensive charge for the Bulldogs as she blocked two shots early in the first period. Heading into the half, Georgia led Arkansas 2-1 in shots on goal.
“It was another tough game,” head coach Billy Lesesne said. “We played well in the last 10 minutes of the half and did not carry that momentum into the second half.
Marion Crowder had a good chance to put the Bulldogs on the board first, with a shot on goal late in the first half that was deflected by an Arkansas defender.
This lockdown style of play quickly changed as the Bulldogs quickly found themselves two goals to nothing early in the second half, one of which was the result of a misplayed header and Georgia scoring on their own goal.
“They scored a goal early in the second half and that put a lot of pressure on us,” Lesesne said.
However, in the 85th minute of play, Summer Burnett made a nice move to get the ball down to Kelsey Killean who was able to find the back of the net and cut the Razorbacks lead in half.
The Bulldogs had one more chance to tie it up in the 88th minute but failed to capitalize. The Razorbacks are now riding a six-game winning streak, while Georgia has lost seven of its last eight and is currently riding a four-game losing streak.
Georgia finds itself in a midseason crisis and must win five of its last six matches in order to finish the season at .500. The team travels to Florida this Thursday and competes in what is now a must-win situation for the Bulldogs.
“We played with more desperation towards the end and were able to get one in, but could not get the tying goal,” Lesesne said. “Credit to Arkansas, they worked really hard tonight.”
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