MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — The Newberry College women’s soccer team (0-1) spent a lot of time on the defensive end as the Georgia College Bobcats (2-0) had a majority of the possession early on in Sunday’s contest en route to a 2-0 win.
The Bobcats finished 7-4 in a tough Peach Belt Conference last season.
After a couple great saves by Newberry goalkeeper Kodi Jean Johnson, the Bobcats sent one into the back of the net in the first half with just under five minutes to play. Anya Mancinelli scored her first goal of the season for Georgia College off an assist by Sarah Miller.
Johnson came up big on multiple one on one opportunities that were presented to her, where she made sliding saves near both wings.
Newberry was outshot 21-3 in the contest as Johnson had eight saves for the Wolves. In the second half, freshman Madison Putnam received her first action as goalkeeper for Newberry and recorded six saves.
Minutes into the second half, Newberry had two excellent opportunities to tie the game. Senior Erika Linch blew past the Bobcats defense, but didn’t get all the power on the shot she wanted as it landed right into the lap of Bobcat goalkeeper.
Just over a minute later, junior Morgan Powers sent a rocket from the right wing, but it was straight at Ashlee Graham.
The Bobcats scored their second goal from Rahliat Animashaun who put the ball past Putnam with 28:05 left to play.
Newberry has its first home game of the season Wednesday against Francis Marion.
The soccer match at Belmont Abbey on Friday was suspended until further notice due to weather. The Wolves were trailing 1-0 at the half after a goal by Cassie Manion at 33:43. The goal came on an assist from Katelyn Richard on one of the Crusaders three shots on goal, while the Wolves ripped off one shot on goal in the half. Korina Martinez added two saves for Newberry.
This release provided by Newberry College.