No. 20 Georgia overcame two deficits — with the help of a game-tying Madeline Barker goal with just more than two minutes to play in regulation — but ultimately suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to Alabama on Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
After Barker tied the game with her fourth goal of the season in the 88th minute to send the game to overtime, the Crimson Tide struck 1:18 into the first extra period to snag the road win over the Bulldogs.
With the loss, Georgia drops to 9-3 (2-2) on the season, while Alabama improves to 5-6 (3-1).
Despite a 10-4 Georgia lead in shots through 45:00, the Crimson Tide took a 1-0 lead into halftime off a 45th minute goal off the foot of Dani Herubin — her first of the season. The play was set up by Pia Rijsdijk, who found Herubin waiting in front and the junior was able to poke it past Caitlin Woody for the score just 44 seconds before the intermission.
Georgia had its share of chances in the first half, including eight minutes in when Barker had a shot saved from inside the 18 as she spun herself free for the open shot. Freshman Rachel Garcia had an open look sail high moments later, and Garcia would then have a back heel flick just barely miss at the near post from inside the 6-yard box with 15 to go in the first.
The Bulldogs would tied the game at 1-1 in the 58th minute, as midfielder Nicole Locandro tallied her second goal of the season by converting on a header off a cross from Garcia. But the Crimson Tide went back on top, 2-1, when an initial shot hit the crossbar and Rijsdijk would clean up a loose ball moments later, firing the rebound past Woody for her fourth of the season in the 70th minute.
The equalizer came in the 88th minute, when Barker took an Eddy pass to the corner, beat her defender to her left side, and fired into the bottom right corner past Rusk to tie it at 2-2 with just 2:09 to play in regulation.
But Alabama found the golden goal in the 92nd minute of action, just 1:18 into overtime, as Herubin sent a cross into danger that Molly Atherton was able to get a head on, sending it past Woody for the game-winner.
The Bulldogs host No. 25 Ole Miss at 2 p.m. Sunday.