Bobcats Soccer Dominates Albany State 4-0


Hayden Flinn

The GC soccer team put on another show Tuesday, extending their win streak to three as they obliterated Albany State in their second conference shutout of the season.

The Bobcats outshot the Golden Rams 45-0. Junior forward Alyssa Bergamini led the team with seven shots on the night. Three of them were on goal, and one found the back of the net 23 minutes into the second half.

Possession of the ball proved the biggest key to the win. The Bobcats seemed to have possession of the ball the entire game as Albany State couldn’t even control the ball for more than ten seconds before turning it over.

“I think it was just moving off the ball, playing quick, and taking one or two touches,” Bergamini said. “Kind of like drawing in a player and creating that space to pass.”

The team demonstrated tremendous passing all around the field. They opened the game with two quick shots but couldn’t punch them in. This was the theme for the Bobcats throughout most of the first half.

“We didn’t play as crisp and sharp as we wanted in the first half,” said head coach Tinna Gallagher. “We got one goal, which was okay, but we needed to finish better and make quality shots more than just shots.”

In fact, it took the Bobcats until the 36-minute mark of the first half to score their first goal. After a great pass from sophomore midfielder Ellie Watson, the ball slipped by a few defenders, setting up senior midfielder Becca Morris for the strike.

Morris made a terrific shot from about 23 yards out, bending the ball into the upper right corner of the goal with her left foot.

After taking 24 shots in the first half, the Bobcats went into halftime a little disappointed, only up 1-0 over the Golden Rams.

“I think we came out really weak,” Morris said. “We expected them to not be as good of a team, so we really played down to their level in the beginning, but in the second half, we knew we had to come out and get some more goals.”

Coming out of the half, the team was still in complete control of the ball. There was just no apparent strategy from the Golden Rams offensively. There seemed to be little effort on their side to attempt to run a play, and all of it looked like improvisation in the moment.

The Golden Rams rarely even got the ball on their offensive side of the field. The only times they had possession came from either a goal kick, a foul, or a brief counter attack after a Bobcat corner kick.

The Bobcats were able to find the back of the net three more times in the second half, just as they had hoped going into halftime.

Morris scored her second goal of the night in the 63rd minute of the match off of an assist from senior forward Cassie Balzano, finding a gap in the middle of the field.

Shortly after, Bergamini punched in her only goal of the night off of another assist from Balzano.

Balzano is more known for her scoring ability rather than her passing, and she chimed in on the scoring action toward the end of the contest. She now leads the PBC in goals scored with seven, shots taken with 38, and shots on goal with 18.

The Bobcats ended the game playing hard all the way through, showing no mercy as they tried to score again and again before the clock expired.

Unfortunately, the team’s win streak came to an end in a Saturday 1-0 road loss to North Georgia. They still hold an impressive 6-3 record on the season, and they will look to notch a seventh victory when they face Tusculum on the road this Wednesday.