Two second half goals lift Laker women to a 2-1 win over PBC foe Georgia College
Milledgeville, GA – With two unanswered second half goals, the Clayton State women's soccer team won their fourth straight game Saturday, defeating Georgia College 2-1 in Peach Belt Conference play.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Lakers got two quick goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half en route to the road conference win. Laker defender Silvia Espelt knotted the score at one apiece seven minutes into the half converting a penalty kick.
Clayton State forward Natalia Valentine performed her offensive magic once again to give the Lakers a 2-1 lead taking a pass from midfielder Becky Brown. She then beat the Georgia College goalkeeper for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
"The team showed great character this afternoon," said head coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "We played well in the first half but went in 1-0 down at halftime. Georgia College is a tough place to go and getting a win is a great result. I'm proud of our effort today."
Georgia College's Ashley Veilleux gave the Bobcats the first half lead with a goal off a pass from Abby Dalton 20 minutes into the match.
With the win, Clayton State improves to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Lakers will put their three-game PBC winning streak on the line Wednesday hosting Armstrong State, who is ranked 9th in the latest national poll.
Clayton State outshot the Bobcats 18-11 in the match and its defense flexed its muscles, allowing only two shots on goal for the entire match. Keepers Charlotte McCormack and Laoise O'Driscoll split time in the first and second half in the victory.