Georgia Southern University women’s soccer (4-7-2, 2-2-1 Southern Conference) powered past The Citadel (3-8-2, 1-5 SoCon) Sunday by a score of 3-2 on a late-game goal by senior forward Alex Murphy.
The win avenges a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs last season and also gave GSU a .500 record in the SoCon.
“It was a very hard-fought game, very physical,” head coach Brian Dunleavy said in a news release.
After a rather slow beginning to the game, sophomore forward Nora El-Shami drew first blood in the 33rd minute, notching her third goal of the season to put the Eagles up 1-0.
Both offensive attacks remained silent through halftime until the 68th minute, when The Citadel’s senior forward Nicole Levermann knotted up the score at 1-1.
The Eagles answered 10 minutes later, with sophomore forward Caitlin Tongco tapping in a botched save by The Citadel’s freshman goalkeeper Naomi Carter. Murphy picked up the assist.
The Bulldogs rallied back to tie it at two apiece late on a free kick. Murphy booted the game winner just 20 seconds later, sealing the game for the Eagles.
“Defensively, we were put under a lot of pressure particularly in the second half because it was very windy, and they were playing long balls to try to get in behind us,” Dunleavy said in a news release. “Our back four had to battle for headers the entire game. We were clinical with our finishing, and scored some excellent goals. Three points on the road is massive.”
The Eagles will return home to take on Elon University Friday and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Sunday for senior day.