The Eagles dropped a pair of close contests in final homestand

Keith Smiley and Christopher Smith

Georgia Southern goes scoreless on their Friday night’s annual GATA game falling to Troy 0-1.

The Eagles came out to play in the first half and were very aggressive early on. In the first half, the Eagles took four shots and three corner kicks against Troy–almost doubling them in both categories. Troy’s defense withstood their attacks in the first half with the team’s goalkeeper Mikki Lewis getting three saves. As the first half began to dwindle down, the Eagles looked in control over Troy.

The tables quickly turned in favor of Troy as the second half started. Troy became the more aggressive team and looked to have the Eagles on their heels. As the half started to wear down, Troy’s aggressive play collapsed the Eagles’ defense causing Troy’s fielder Chelsey Williams to score a goal off of Jasmine Fahrnbauer’s assist from the 18-yard line. The goal came at the 61st minute of the game.

The Eagles started to stray away from their game plan and that led to 0-1 loss to Troy as the clock hit zero.

Eagles’ Head Coach Brain Dunleavy noticed his team’s shift in their game plan and voiced his displeasure about it. “After they scored I felt like we probably could have done a better job continuing to play to our strength, but we got a little panicky and flat at the same time, which is a bad combination,” said Coach Dunleavy.

The Eagles dropped their second straight game by one goal on Sunday after being defeated by the South Alabama Jaguars 1-0.

It was a close and physical contest and the only goal scored came off of a penalty kick in the 78th minute. This heartbreaking loss is the last home game for the Eagles before they head out on the road for their last two games.

It was senior day and this is not the way they envisioned it going. The game winning goal was scored by Rio Hardy in the 78th minute after she was fouled in the box. This loss is crucial because this is the second consecutive game the Georgia Southern women’s soccer team lost 1-0. The losses came from the top two teams in the Sun Belt conference, South Alabama and Troy.

“The thing that separated us from the top two teams in this league is one goal and essentially we didn’t do enough to get the result,” said Dunleavy.

It was a scary sight in the middle of the first half when senior forward Nora El-Shami went down and struggled to get up. She went down after being spun in midair going for a header. There was no penalty called on the play and it stirred up a reaction from the crowd.

South Alabama lost their sophomore midfielder Chelsea Followwell after she was given a red card in the 48th minute. The Jaguars also lost their coach Graham Winkworth to an ejection after receiving two yellow cards. The game winning goal happened following the ejection of their coach.

The Eagles are looking to bounce back from these losses and win the final two games on their schedule on the road. These are the final two games before they head into conference tournament play.

“We’re going to have a tough challenge in that Appalachian State is a tough team to play especially at their place. It’s a tough environment. They’re a very high-energy, organized team that’s well-coached and it’s going to be a challenge for us,” said Dunleavy.

The team will travel to play against Appalachian State on Friday, Oct. 28.