MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The first win of the 2018 season for the UWG soccer team came in dramatic fashion, as the Wolves scored a pair of goals, including Rachael Lane's overtime winner, to open Gulf South Conference play with a 2-1 road win over Montevallo on Friday night.
How It Happened
- Late in the opening half, Montevallo got on the board, putting one in the back of the net in the 42nd minute.
- Jackie Donaldson kept the Wolves in the game, denying 10 shots on target and allowing one Montevallo goal.
- In the 87th minute, senior Julia Atenza blasted a free kick off the UM keeper’s outstretched hands, into the back of the net, equalizing the game at 1-1 with just three minutes to play in regulation.
- Just over a minute into extra time, senior Rachael Lane blasted the game-winning goal, taking a Jazmine Santiago pass in the box and curling it into the top left corner to complete the comeback.
- West Georgia had five shots on goal while the Falcons finished the game with 12 on-target attempts.
Beyond The Box Score
- With the 10 saves, Jackie Donaldson continues to climb up the career saves record book. Now with 111, the Woodstock native is in fifth place all-time and needs 13 more saves to move into fourth.
- Atenza’s goal marks the ninth in the senior’s career, while Lane’s goal is her fourth career goal.
- West Georgia earns their first win of the season, improving to 1-2-2, but more importantly begins GSC play with a 1-0 record.
- The Falcons fall to 1-2-2, dropping their opening GSC game.
From the Head Coach
“We felt a little deflated when we conceded before halftime, because we were playing really well. We then couldn’t regain control in the second half and were struggling to create chances. When Julia stepped up and scored that free kick towards the end, it was a huge momentum shift and we believed we could push for the deciding goal in overtime. Credit to Rachael for her composed finish to win us the game, but overall I am so pleased that the girls remained persistent and positive.” – Stacey Balaam
Up Next: The road trip will continue to Montgomery on Sunday as the Wolves take on GSC foe Auburn-Montgomery in a 2 p.m. contest.