The Georgia soccer team scored four first-half goals — including two in the first nine minutes — and never looked back, defeating visiting Mississippi State 5-0 Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
The win pushed Georgia to 10-4-1 on the season and 3-3-1 in conference play heading into a big Sunday showdown with Texas A&M in front of a national ESPNU audience.
Georgia scored five goals in an SEC game for the first time since 2006 and registered five in a game for the second time this season — also doing so in a 5-1 win over the College of Charleston on Sept. 15. The Bulldogs got two on the night from senior Madeline Barker, who pushed her season tally to six, while freshman Marion Crowder scored her 10th of the season and Cara Smith and Nikki Hill also found the scoring column. It was the first career goal for the redshirt freshman Smith, while Emma Sonnett, Lauren Tanner, and Taylor Donohue all grabbed their first career assists.
With Friday’s victory, keeper Caitlin Woody moved into sole possession of first place for shutouts in a single season in Georgia history, now sitting with 10 to her name in 2013. Georgia was able to keep Mississippi State leading scorer Elisabeth Sullivan off of the stat sheet, as the forward entered with 12 of the team’s 18 goals on the year.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday at the UGA Soccer Stadium, welcoming the Aggies for a 3 p.m. contest set to air on ESPNU. Pam Ward and Cat Whitehill will be on the call on television, while Georgiadogs.com will offer live audio coverage free of charge, with Kevin Copp behind the mic for GTV.