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UGA SOCCER: Big 12 Road Tests Await Dawgs

Georgia’s Bria Washington (6) during the Bulldogs’ match with Furman at the Turner Soccer Complex in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
[su_spacer size=”20″] The Georgia soccer team heads West this weekend with a pair of road games vs. Big 12 opponents. The Bulldogs first take on No. 20 Texas Tech on Friday at 8 p.m. ET in Lubbock, Texas, before rounding out the weekend with a trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET against Oklahoma State.


Georgia’s match against No. 20 Texas Tech marks the first game against a ranked opponent this season. The Bulldogs last victory over a top-25 ranked team came last season on the road vs. No. 14 South Carolina.


Last Time Out: The Bulldogs opened the 2015 regular season with a tough two-game road stretch against High Point and Wake Forest. The match against the Panthers ended in a 110-minute 0-0 draw highlighted by several close calls on would be goals from the Bulldogs. Georgia owned the shots taken column 15-13 and had an impressive save from goalkeeper Louise Hogrell.


The second game of the weekend against Wake Forest did not go as the Bulldogs had hoped with the Demon Deacons taking the contest 4-0. Fatigue from Friday night’s double-overtime match showed, as Wake Forest was able to outrun Georgia on many one-on-one situations. The match was the Demon Deacons’ first of the year.


Looking at the Red Raiders: Texas Tech opened its 2015 slate with a two-game split, losing its opener 1-0 to USC before bouncing back to claim a 1-0 victory over New Mexico. The Red Raiders return eight starters from last year’s squad that advanced to the third round of the 2014 NCAA tournament and went 16-4-2 overall.


Texas Tech is led by senior forward Janine Beckie whose 17 goals and 38 points last season helped her garner Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and All-American honors. The Red Raiders also return fellow senior Hannah Devine, who recorded six goals and two assists last season.


Looking at the Cowgirls: Oklahoma State defeated Mercer 2-0 in its only game of the season this far. The Cowgirls return 10 starters that helped guide the team to the 2014 NCAA tournament. Oklahoma State will have a new face in goal this season after the departure of Rosa Medina, who recorded 11 shutouts over the course of her 40-game career.


Georgia and Texas Tech have met only one time in the past, with the Bulldogs taking a 4-1 advantage in 2007. The Bulldogs and Cowgirls have never met in school history.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.