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UWG soccer falls to North Georgia in opener


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 07, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Two second-half goals would be enough to send the 2017 opener to extra time for the UWG soccer team, but the Wolves would eventually fall in heartbreaking fashion to North Georgia by a 3-2 final at University Field.

It was the first game of the season, and the first under head coach Stacey Balaam who went toe-to-toe with her previous team on a clear, cool evening in Carrollton.

The first 20 minutes of the game was a defensive battle, but North Georgia's Olivia Dumphey would break the scoreless tie as she bent one around UWG's keeper Jackie Donaldson into the top right corner in the 20th minute of the contest.

Coming right out of the halftime break, the Nighthawks quickly made it a 2-0 game as Taylor Malasek beat Donaldson in the top corner for a 50th-minute goal.

It wasn't until the 71st minute when West Georgia broke through with their first goal of the season, as junior Alexis Lewis scored on a high, looping shot that beat the Nighthawk keeper and cut the lead in half.

As time wound down in the contest, Katie Mitchell delivered the equalizer as the junior midfielder banged in a rebound that found the back of the net and tied things up at 2-2, sending the season opener into extra time for the second consecutive year.

For Mitchell, it was her 10th career goal, which moves her up to eighth all-time in goals scored at West Georgia.

The Wolves had multiple chances in extra time to win the game, as Katie Phillips just missed a potential game-winner as her shot went wide left off the side of the net.

Asa Thorsen would score UNG's game winner in the 108th minute, improving the Nighthawks to 1-1-1 on the season.

Freshman goalkeeper Jackie Donaldson made seven saves in her UWG debut. As a team, the Wolves finished with seven shots on target.

For West Georgia, they begin the season 0-1, but don't have time to think back on the loss as Gulf South Conference play begins this weekend. The Wolves will host Union on Friday night at University Field at 5 p.m.