COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In search of their first SEC road sweep of the season, the Georgia soccer team allowed a goal in the 21st minute and had the equalizing goal called back due for offsides in Sunday's 1-0 loss at South Carolina at Stone Stadium.
Georgia will settle for the split this weekend after Friday night's 2-0 win at Ole Miss, now standing at 6-7-2 (2-4-2) on the season. The Gamecocks are now 4-6-4 (1-4-3).
"We predicted this game would be sorted out in the first 20 minutes," said head coach Steve Holeman. "We tried to motivate the team to come out and play hard from the beginning, but we were flat and it cost us. South Carolina got their goal in the first 20 minutes. We made some good adjustments and I thought we had some good energy after we made some substitutions. We played pretty well in the second half and had some good chances, but it didn't go our way."
The Gamecocks took the 1-0 lead following a cross from the left side for Dani Henry. On the play, Danielle Au had an initial header shot that was deflected by keeper Ashley Baker before being finished by Gabby Gilbert, with the double assist going to Henry and Au on Gilbert's goal.
With 19 minutes left Georgia had a chance when Chika Ibiam found a streaking Andie Fontanetta on the right side, but Fontanetta's shot went wide left. With a little over seven minutes to go before halftime, it appeared the Bulldogs had evened things at 1-1, as Susannah Dennis put one home after a Nicole Locandro free kick, but the goal was called back as Dennis was ruled offside. Later in the half, Dennis had a shot saved by Sabrina D'Angelo off a Fontanetta free kick, and the teams went into halftime with the Gamecocks on top 1-0 and shots 7-5 in favor of USC.
With 15 minutes gone by in the second, Carli Shultis had a long-range shot from the right side hit the crossbar and rattle out in the Bulldogs' best opportunity since Dennis' near-goal.
With five minutes left, Torri Allen had a shot roped in by D'Angelo after she shifted up top from her spot on the back line, and with three minutes to go Fontanetta had one sail high from the right wing, and Georgia just ran out of time in search of the road win.
Fontanetta and Shultis each finished with three shots on the day to lead the Bulldog effort, while Georgia ended with 11 shots to South Carolina's 12. Baker had six saves for UGA.
The Bulldogs will return home for their final weekend of the season at the UGA Soccer Stadium, welcoming Auburn and Kentucky to Athens this coming Friday and Sunday.
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