Georgia spoils early lead against Missouri in loss on senior day

Georgia got out to an early 2-0 lead over the Missouri Tigers during senior day on Sunday before giving up four unanswered, early goals in the second half and falling to the Tigers 4-3.

Georgia (5-11-1, 2-8 in the SEC) held a ceremony before the game started for their eight seniors, Alexa Antetomaso, Marion Crowder, Taylor Donohue, Kara Looby, Morgan Orobello, Lauren Tanner, Bria Washington, and Caroline Waters.

This loss looms heavy on Georgia’s season as it most likely eliminates the team from contending in the SEC tournament next weekend in Orange Beach, Alabama.
“It was a disappointing result, Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said. “We had a very, very good first half.”

Seniors Crowder and Waters ended their home career at Georgia with a goal apiece.

Mariel Gutierrez got Georgia off to a quick start against the Tigers (11-5-1, 6-3-1) with a goal in the seventh minute, which was followed by senior forward Marion Crowder who put the ball in the back of the next a minute later.

Crowder’s goal was the 29th of her career, putting her all alone for the third most goals in Georgia history.

Georgia was unable to find the back of the net until after the Tigers put four balls in the back of the net. Waters was able to cut into the lead for Georgia in the 85th minute, but by then it was too late.
“We knew that Missouri was a good, athletic team and that they would give a big push during the second half,” Lesesne said. “Unfortunately they came out and score a few goals early and flipped the game on us.”

Georgia travels to Kentucky this Thursday to take on the Wildcats in their final regular season game of the season.

“I was proud of the way we fought back,” Lesesne said. “I’m sad that we didn’t get the results for our seniors on Senior Day. We’ve got one more chance to step back out and we’ll do that on Thursday at Kentucky.”

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