Georgia soccer ends season of struggles with a win

Georgia turned it on in the second half on the road against Kentucky on Thursday night and pulled away with a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats. This win gave Georgia its third Southeastern Conference win after starting the year 0-6 in conference play.

“I am very pleased with the effort,” head coach Billy Lesesne said. “It was fun to see the underclassmen want to do this for the seniors and the seniors certainly responded and played their part in this.”

The game was all tied up and 0-0 for most of the game until Georgia (6-11-1, 3-8 SEC) broke open the scoring gates in the 70th minute. The attack began after Mariel Gutierrez found the back left corner of the net, putting Georgia in front 1-0 over the Wildcats (5-9-4, 1-7-3).
Three minutes later, Kelsey Killean extended the lead for Georgia after receiving a nice feed from Marion Crowder. That was Crowder’s second assist of the game.

Shortly after, Katie MacGinnitie joined in on the action scoring her second goal of the season in the 86th minute to seal the deal for Georgia.

“Marion Crowder had two really nice assists and a lot of players stepped up today.” Lesesne said. “I’m pleased to get three goals in the final game.”
For the eight seniors on the team, this marked the end of a their four years at Georgia.

“I’m so happy that I got to end my senior season with a win and we played a great, collective 90 minutes to finish the season,” Caroline Waters said. “I’m always proud to be a Bulldog.”

As the players and coaches were filled with emotion, Lesesne began to look towards the future and saw this ending as a bright spot in what could be a strong future for this program.

“Hopefully this is a springboard to future success, not many teams end their season with a win,” Lesesne said. “This is a good momentum builder for us, and to play your best soccer at the end of the season is a good thing.”

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