CARROLLTON, Ga. – After a 1-1 start to the season, the UWG soccer team faces another tough test this weekend as the Wolves take on Embry-Riddle and Lincoln Memorial on a neutral pitch in Milledgeville, Georgia.
West Georgia rounded out the opening week of the season with a 2-1 win over Young Harris on the road before falling 2-0 to North Georgia in last Saturday’s home opener. Friday’s opponent, Embry-Riddle also opened 1-1 last week with a win over Queens and a 4-2 loss to fourth-ranked Columbus State. For Lincoln Memorial, it was a 2-0 start with wins over Chowan and Converse, scoring 12 goals in two games.
“They’ve both got goals in them, which means we’ve got to tighten up defensively,” said head coach Stacey Balaam when asked about this weekend’s opponents.
Part of that defense features junior goalkeeper Jackie Donaldson who has made 12 saves on the year and on Saturday became just the third UWG keeper in school history with at least 200 career saves.
Offensively for the Wolves, it’s been Tyler Buford and Karley Baker providing the firepower with each scoring a goal in the win over Young Harris while Buford also added an assist.
For the Eagles of Embry-Riddle, their offense has come from three different players as Julia Olsson and Rita Okoro each have a pair of goals while Savanna Sheahan chipped in with one. For Lincoln Memorial, six different players have scored a goal, including four from Rachel Taylor and three from Jessica Cravero.
Friday’s kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. while Sunday’s game against LMU is set for 12 p.m. all from Milledgeville.