Valdosta Daily Times

November 2, 2012

VSU falls in OT in first round of GSC tournament


The Valdosta Daily Times

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Valdosta State’s women’s soccer team reached the Gulf South Conference tournament for the second consecutive year, keeping a trend from the inaugural season. Unfortunately, the Blazers could not win in the first round this season, like they did in 2011.

Valdosta State fell to West Georgia in overtime, 1-0.

The two teams had a defensive standoff, with West Georgia finishing the match with just seven shots and Valdosta State with nine. The Blazers proved to be more of a threat, landing four shots on goal.

West Georgia goalkeeper Mary Laza was there for all four saves. Meanwhile, Valdosta State goalkeeper Olivia Mills did not face a shot on goal until late in the 96th minute.

In the 96th minute, the Wolves were awarded a corner kick, just their third of the night and their first since the first half. Anna Cusick sent the ball in, and Amalia Hernandez was able to head it in for the game-winning goal.

Valdosta State saw Abbi Edwards, Karly Lentz, Erin Hill and Lauren Ingram all place a shot on goal, with Ingram taking three shots overall. In addition to that foursome, three other Blazers took shots in the match.

The Blazers entered the GSC tournament as the third seed in the conference, and will now have to await their fate. Valdosta State entered the week ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II’s South Region. If the Blazers can hold that spot, they will get the opportunity to compete in the South Regional tournament. If Valdosta State drops, it will end the season.

To find out whether VSU’s season will continue, tune in to NCAA.com at 7:30 p.m. Monday for the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer selection show.