YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – A pair of second half goals secured a season-opening win for the UWG soccer team on Thursday as the Wolves began 2019 with a 2-1 road win over Young Harris.
How It Happened
- West Georgia possessed the ball for the majority of the opening half, putting two shots on goal in the opening 45.
- Madison Cobb gave UWG their first scoring chance with a rocket in the 12th minute, but Young Harris’ Pien Van Kempen kept it away with one of her three saves.
- Late in the opening period, Young Harris connected on a strike from the left corner of the box as Aimee Durn put the Mountain Lions up 1-0 in the 37th minute of the contest.
- Fifteen minutes into the second half, defender Tyler Buford made a beautiful run down the left side and snuck the ball past Van Kempen to even the game.
- Sophomore Karley Baker put the Wolves up with a 77th minute game-winner as she powered it past Van Kempen in the upper right corner. Buford picked up the assist.
- Jackie Donaldson allowed the one goal, while also making three saves.
- For the game, Young Harris had 10 shots total to seven from West Georgia.
Beyond the Box Score
- Buford’s goal and assist both marked the first of the defender’s career. She has the early team lead in points with three. Baker’s goal was also the first of her career.
- Donaldson’s three saves put her six away from cracking 200 for her career. She would be just the third goalkeeper in UWG history with 200 career saves.
- UWG begins the year 1-0 for the first time under head coach Stacey Balaam.
- The Wolves also now lead the all-time series with Young Harris, 2-0.
- Young Harris begins their 2019 campaign at 0-1.
West Georgia will be at home for the first time this season on Saturday hosting North Georgia at University Field. That game is set for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff on September 7.