The Valdosta Daily Times
Valdosta State connected for two goals in the second half, while holding West Georgia to a single goal to claim a 2-1 victory in the Blazers’ final regular season contest in Carrollton, Ga. on Friday.
The Blazers were penalized five times for offside violations in a scoreless first half. Valdosta State struck quickly in the second half when Abbi Edwards offered up a cross to Deysla Reyes, who drilled the delivery into the net from the top of the box to give VSU a 1-0 lead.
The Wolves responded less than ten minutes later with a blast from Rebecca Uranga from 25 yards out, which found the top left corner of the net to knot the match up at 1-1. The shot by Uranga was one of only four allowed by the Blazer defense.
VSU’s deciding goal came at the 65:46 mark on a breakaway goal by Edwards, who was set up nicely with a slick pass from Nicole Polk. The goal was the first of the year for Edwards, and the assist was Polk’s first of the year.
The win for VSU marks the Blazers’ first victory over West Georgia in Valdosta State Soccer’s history.
In the previous three matchups between the two teams, the Blazers had only scored one goal against the conference opponent.
The match closes the regular season for both squads, with the Blazers finishing 9-3-3, and the Wolves concluding their campaign at 2-14-1.
Valdosta State’s next challenge will be the GSC Tournament, which is scheduled to begin later this week. Check www.vstateblazers.com for updated information regarding matchups and results as the week progresses.