GC Women’s Soccer vs. Young Harris


The GC Women’s Soccer Team (1-5, 1-5 PBC) took on Young Harris College (4-3, 4-3 PBC) Sunday, March 21, falling to a 0-1 loss in the battle.

Throughout the matchup, GC had possession of the ball for the majority of the match. The offense took seven shots with two being on goal. All of the shots taken were by different players. The two shots on goal also came from different players with one being from Summer Ligon, the sophomore forward hailing from Carrollton. The other shot on goal came from senior defender Kayla Ruiz.

One player that had an impressive match against the Mountain Lions was senior captain Lydia Atkinson. Atkinson along with the impressive Bobcat defensive kept the Young Harris offense away from the goal. She played 80 of the 90 minutes of the contest, having only one foul which came in the early minutes of the first half.

“I thought Taylor Salvaggio had an excellent game,” said Atkinson. “She really won a lot of balls out of the air for us which allowed our defense to have less pressure. She was aggressive and worked hard every second she was in.”

The battle of Sunday’s game resulted in several opportunities for the Bobcats, and overall they played a great game without allowing a single goal in the first 70 minutes of play. A big part of that was the midfielders who maintained possession of the ball the most during the game. The midfielders are led by senior captain Sophia Bonser from Tyrone.

“I think we had a good game in terms of aggression and intensity,” said Bonser. “It was just unfortunate that we couldn’t capitalize our chances more.”

The road matchup was an extremely high-paced game with most of the possession time going to GC. The first half was evenly matched on both offensive sides of the field. The second half was when the offense started to pick up for both squads. Overall GC outshot YHC at 7-2. The Bobcats also had more corner kicks than the mountain lions at 4-3. All of Young Harris’ corners came in the first half of action with GC splitting theirs up at two a half.

Head Coach Tinna Gallagher is in her second season leading the soccer squad. Gallagher coached as an assistant to former head coach and now associate athletic director at Young Harris Hope Clark. Overall coach Gallagher has a 7-15-2 record at GC.

“It was a very good game for us,” said Coach Gallagher. “I am very bummed about the result as we owned the game. We outshot them the whole game and we dominated the second half. They just had one good opportunity and capitalized. They saved the ball on the line, we had a couple of shots to the post and then we got an opportunity to finish in an open goal. It just didn’t go our way tonight.”

The GC soccer squad is back in action Wednesday, March 24, to take on the Lander University Bearcats. The contest will be held here in Milledgeville, with kick-off set for 6 p.m. Live stats and live streaming of the game will be available at GCBobcats.com.