Georgia soccer (4-6-1, 0-3 SEC) fell to the Vanderbilt Commodores (7-3-1, 2-0-1 SEC), 2-1, on Sunday in its first SEC game at the Turner Soccer Complex this season.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said. “I thought it was a little discouraging going down with a penalty kick in the last five minutes of the first half, but we came out hard in the second half and ended up getting the equalizer. We had another chance to take the lead and didn’t. I think we ran out of steam a little bit and they hit us on the counter and we couldn’t right the ship from there. There were some positives in our play but we weren’t consistent enough to be at our best.”
Georgia controlled the game offensively during the first half. The Bulldogs took nine shots with three on target, but it was the Commodores who lead after the first 45 minutes with the successful penalty kick at the 39:39 mark.
Georgia continued to fight hard and put itself back in the game when freshman Reagan Glisson scored the equalizer for the Bulldogs in the 66th minute after a shot by Mariel Gutierrez was saved but came loose from the goalkeeper, giving Glisson the opportunity to score from three yards out.
Vanderbilt scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes remaining in the game and although the Bulldogs took three shots in the final four minutes they could not capitalize in order to send the game into overtime.
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The Bulldogs return to action next Sunday, October 1, when the Florida Gators come to Athens for a game scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. live on the SEC Network.
Fans now have the opportunity to enjoy Georgia soccer games with a UGA soccer seatback. The seatbacks are thick and comfortable and can be purchased at the Fan Info table located in the plaza of the Turner Soccer Complex for $5 per game. You can also save $15 by purchasing a soccer seatback for all nine home matches of the season for a total of $30.