Here’s what you missed over the weekend in Georgia Southern Athletics…
The men’s soccer team lost to Central Arkansas in a conference matchup at home on Friday night. GS took an early lead and went into halftime 1-0, with a goal from senior midfielder Azaad Liadi, his second of the season. Two unanswered goals from the Bears led to a victory that drops GS down to 6-6-1 and 1-1 in the conference.
The team will play Winthrop at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Washington D.C. to play Howard on Saturday.
The women’s soccer team lost to Arkansas State on Friday, 1-0, in overtime. Both teams were highly competitive on defense, which forced an extra period due to a scoreless board. The Redwolves scored on a corner kick in minute 95 to take the victory.
The team quickly bounced back from the loss and and defeated ULM, 2-1, on Sunday. The game honored seven seniors before the first kick and saw senior forward Frida Brattum score her eighth goal of the season in minute 26. GS held this lead going into halftime and the first half of the second period. The Warhawks scored in minute 69 to tie the game, but GS quickly responded about fifteen minutes later with a game winning goal by freshman midfielder Karin Winka. The team improves to 6-8-1 and 3-4-1 in the conference.
The team completes their season this weekend in two away matchups with Louisiana on Friday and Texas State on Sunday.
Swimming and Diving
The team fell to North Florida on Sunday in Jacksonville, 169-85. Junior Isabelle Bray finished with three top-3 finishes, including a first place finish in the 400 IM. Junior Jessica Ware won the 100 Fly with a 59.67 time.
The team will travel to North Carolina for a meet on Nov.1 to take on UNC Asheville.
The team extended their losing streak to five over the weekend with losses to ULM and Louisiana at home. On Friday, GS fell 3-2 in five sets during Eagle Madness behind senior outside hitter Carly Turner’s 16 kills and nine digs. GS took an early 2-1 lead in the sets but allowed the Warhawks to go on a 9-1 run to tie the game at two sets apiece. ULM eventually won the game, but GS fought and forced several lead changes.
On Friday, senior outside hitter Ryan Tuten had a career night as she recorded 16 kills and 10 digs. Her numbers could not lead GS to a win, as the team fell 3-1 to the Ragin’ Cajuns. GS now holds a 6-13 record.
The team will travel to Alabama for a swing of conference games this weekend. They will play South Alabama on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Troy on Saturday at the same time. The latter match can be streamed on ESPN+.
The football team defeated Coastal Carolina 30-27 after three overtime periods on Saturday. In a rainy and sloppy game, senior wide receiver had a career night as he took advantage of the extra time to score two touchdowns. Senior running back Wesley Kennedy III scored the game winning touchdown in the final possession of OT, capping off a 117-yard rushing performance. With this victory, the team improves to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
The team will take on a winless New Mexico State team on Saturday at 3 p.m. for the season finale of homecoming week.
The cross country team ran their last regular season meet of the season at the Sand Shark Invitational in South Carolina this weekend and finished in fifth place overall. Sophomore Merabu Nagwandala set another school record in the 5K race with a time of 17:58.8, while sophomore Carly Braman and Mattie Harris recorded personal bests in the same race.
The team will continue to train to compete in the Sun Belt Championships on Nov. 2.
Amanda Arnold, The George-Anne Sports Editor, [email protected]