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Soccer Season Opens Sunday

Ashley Anderson
 (Photo: Georgia Sports Communications)
Ashley Anderson
(Photo: Georgia Sports Communications)

The University of Georgia soccer team will open the 2020 season on Sunday, September 20 against South Carolina at the Turner Soccer Complex. 

This marks the first sporting event in Athens since March 11 due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  The last time a UGA team took the field was the softball team against Furman on March 11 at the Turner Softball Stadium. 

Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, no fans will be permitted to UGA soccer games this fall.  Guests will be permitted through a “Player Pass List” only. 

All of Georgia’s games this season will be available on TV or through the SEC Network +. 

South Carolina was the last team the Bulldogs faced in the 2019 season.  Georgia put forth a strong offensive effort but fell short as the six-seeded Bulldogs were defeated by the three-seed and then No. 8 Gamecocks, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.  For the second year in a row, Georgia opens SEC action against South Carolina.

This season Georgia is led by four senior captains Ashley Andersen, Mollie Belisle, Kayla Bruster, and Katie Higgins with six additional seniors on the roster. The squad also consists of 10 juniors, 10 sophomores, and seven freshmen. 

Returning for the Bulldogs, Bruster and junior Cecily Stoute are staples of Georgia’s backline, contributing to junior Emory Wegener’s success of only 16 goals allowed throughout the 2019 season, which ranks fourth in fewest goals allowed in a season in program history. Wegener has 10 total shutouts as a Bulldog, moving to fifth in program history for career shutouts after only two seasons.  She has also started more games than any other active goalkeeper in the SEC.

Abby Boyan and Chloe Chapman are familiar faces of Georgia’s attack.  Chapman was Georgia’s leading scorer as a rookie last season and Boyan added two goals and two assists of her own. Belisle looks to continue to contribute after returning last season from an ACL injury. 

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