No. 18 Pirates Blank Georgia College, 1-0, On Wednesday
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Sophomore Jordan Otto tallied the lone goal 15 seconds before halftime and the No. 18 Armstrong Atlantic State University women's soccer squad made the one goal lead hold up as the Pirates claimed a 1-0 Peach Belt Conference victory over host Georgia College on Wednesday evening in Milledgeville.
With the win, the Pirates (11-2-1, 8-0 PBC) avenged its only Peach Belt loss of the 2010 season, while Georgia College (4-11, 3-5 PBC) suffered its ninth one-goal loss of the year.
The Pirates outshot the Bobcats, 7-1, through most of the first half but was the eighth shot that counted. Following a corner kick, the ball remained loose in the box until Otto pounced on it and beat GC keeper Annie Stephens for the first goal of the match and the slim one-goal lead at halftime.
In the second half, Armstrong had key chances to extend its one-goal lead. Substitute keeper Taylor Cornelius turned away a shot by junior Nadima Skeff in the 49th minute, then in the 63rd minute, junior Kristina Pascutti found herself one-on-one with Cornelius, but her low shot was saved to keep it a one-goal match.
Georgia College's best chance to equalize came in the 86th minute as Ashley Veilleux's shot hit the inside of the post and caromed back into the box, but Armstrong was able to play the ball out. A pair of corner kicks followed, but that would be the Bobcats' last chances for the match.
"We grinded out a tough win on the road in the Peach Belt tonight," Armstrong head coach Eric Faulconer said. "We had several chances to etend the lead and we were fortunate late not to give up the equalizer. We spoke this week about another front-runner stepping up and Jordan Otto came up with a huge goal for us tonight."
Armstrong finished the match outshooting the Bobcats, 15-9. Meghan Mayville made a season-high seven saves in goal for the Pirates to notch her fifth shutout of the season, while Cornelius made four second-half saves for the Bobcats.
The Pirates notched six corner kicks, compared to two for GC, and Armstrong was whistled for 12 fouls, compared to four for the Bobcats.
Armstrong returns to action this weekend, hosting a pair of matches in two days at the Armstrong Soccer Field. Friday, the Pirates face No. 11 Rollins in a clash of Top 25-ranked teams at 4:00 p.m., then Armstrong hosts Georgia Southwestern at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, also Senior Day for four Armstrong seniors.