The Georgia women’s soccer team came into Thursday game against Ole Miss with one thing on its mind, win and keep the season alive or lose and miss out on an opportunity at competing for the SEC championship.
“I’m really proud of the seniors, over the last days of training, they’ve talked about, ‘Hey, we don’t want our season to end. We want to qualify for the SEC tournament,’ and their words turned into action tonight,” head coach Billy Lesesne said.
Georgia (5-10-1) came out fast and aggressive against Ole Miss (9-8) with an early goal by Kelsey Killean, which was defended by a suffocating defense, which only allowed Ole Miss to put up one shot within the first 20 minutes of play.
Coming out fast tonight was important for the team, as they knew that so much was on the line tonight.
“We have to win out basically so we are focusing on one game at a time and this was a huge win for us we’ve been working really hard for it,” Killean said.
Georgia played nearly perfect soccer in the first half committing only one foul and dominating the time of possession. At the end of the first half Ole Miss had committed seven fouls and had only gotten off four shots.
Georgia continued to press Ole Miss hard in the second half and Lesesne said that the players talked about how they wanted to keep the shutout going all game.
Marion Crowder extended the lead for Georgia with hard kick to the back corner of the net. Alexa Antetomaso followed up Crowder’s goal with a goal of her own in the 84th minute.
In order to extend the season for the seniors Georgia must win out.
“It’s so important to us and the seniors mean so much to all of us how hard they work for us,” Killean said. “We really just want to send them off on a good note. We want to play hard for them, it’s really important for us.”
Georgia’s last home game is this Sunday against the Missouri Tigers. This is senior night for the players and another must-win situation.
“The last couple days have really been a good momentum builder for us and now it puts us in a really good situation. I’m really pleased with the confidence of our team and the way they handled their business tonight,” Lesesne said.
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