CARROLLTON, Ga. – Following a heartbreaker in Wednesday’s opener, the University of West Georgia soccer team heads right into Gulf South Conference play this weekend, hosting Union on Friday night at 5 p.m. and entertaining Christian Brothers on Sunday at noon, both at University Field.
West Georgia fell in double overtime on Wednesday to North Georgia as head coach Stacey Balaam made her UWG coaching debut, and she hopes to get the first win under her belt as the Wolves remain at home to begin the 2017 GSC slate.
“We have had to quickly turn our attention to our two conference games this weekend after a heartbreaking loss in double overtime on Wednesday against North Georgia,” said Balaam. “We know we cannot dwell on that game and have to refocus for a different type of challenge with Union. We are excited to get going in conference and see what type of impact we can have this season in the Gulf South,“ she added.
Juniors Alexis Lewis and Katie Mitchell delivered goals for West Georgia on Wednesday night, as Lewis’ 71st minute goal put the Wolves on the board for the first time in 2017, and Mitchell’s 87th minute equalizer erased a 2-0 deficit to fore extra time.
For Mitchell, the Newnan native now has 10 career goals, ranking eighth all-time at UWG. In terms of points, Mitchell moved up to sixth all-time with 33.
A season ago, the Wolves played to a 1-1 draw against Union and defeated Christian Brothers by a 4-3 final at home. Katie Phillips scored two goals in that win over CBU with Katie Mitchell picking up three assists.
Union at a Glance
Union began the campaign with a season-opening, 7-0 loss to second-ranked Columbus State on Saturday. The Bulldogs struggled against the Cougars, managing just five shots in the game while CSU rattled off 21. Isaac Brooks is Union’s head coach and is in his sixth year at the helm of the Bulldog program.
CBU at a Glance
Christian Brothers is off to a 1-1 start after falling to Saint Leo in their opener last Friday and then defeating Missouri S&T 2-1 last Sunday. The Bucs got goals from Bailey Tadlock, who also had an assist in the win, and Ashton White who also has a goal in just 54 minutes of play this season. Nisheka Mitchell has also picked up an assist for CBU. The Bucs are coached by Kieron Heblich, as he begins his 10th season at CBU.
West Georgia’s head coach added, “There are no easy games in this conference so we have to be meticulous with our preparation for each opponent. The key for us on Friday is to get off to a good start and get ahead early in the game. The longer the game goes without scoring just adds pressure, therefore we need to finish our chances when we get them and just manage the game being on the front foot.”
UWG and Union both begin Gulf South Conference play on Friday at 5 p.m. at University Field.