Georgia opens division game with trip to Missouri
Georgia (8-3-1, 1-2-1 SEC) at Missouri (4-7-0, 0-4-0 SEC)
Dated: Thursday October 7
Time: 7 p.m. EDT
Site: Columbia, Missouri
To place: Audrey J. Walton Soccer Stadium (2,500)
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History of the series
Thursday’s game is the ninth all-time game between Georgia and Missouri, with the Tigers holding a 5-2-1 advantage in the series. The two teams have won two games each in Colombia, with Georgia winning the last game, 5-1, on September 29, 2019.
Looking for a rebound
Georgia appear to bounce back on Thursday with a road date in Missouri after a tough 4-1 loss to Arkansas on Sunday. Although a senior midfielder Abby boyan scored their fifth goal of the season in loss, the Bulldogs were unable to overcome three Razorback goals in the first eight minutes of play. The loss was also the first game of the season in which Georgia attempted less than 10 shots.
Finally in the division game
Thursday’s game is Georgia’s first against an opponent in the SEC East Division, after four games against opponents from the West (Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU, Arkansas). The Bulldogs are the only SEC team that hasn’t played a division game this season. It is also the last date for a divisional opener since Georgia hosted Kentucky on October 1, 2010.
Number nine, number nine
With a win tonight, Georgia would have their most wins in a season during the Billy Lesesne era, as well as guaranteeing at least a .500 finish.
Belisle’s career year
Graduated forward Mollie Belisle continued his exceptional season with his overtime-winning goal at the 5th LSU on September 26. Currently, Belisle ranks second in the country with 12 goals and fourth in points with 25. In 12 games, Belisle has already set a new career high in one-season scores and is now tied for eighth in history. of school with 23 career goals. She is also the first player to score more than 10 goals in a season Marion Crowder scored 11 goals in 2013.
The best trio in the nation
Powered by one of the country’s top scorers, the trio of graduate strikers Mollie Belisle (12), senior midfielder Dani Murguia (7), and first year striker Danielle Lewin (7) ranks first nationally among the three with 26 goals overall, three ahead of second-placed Arizona State.
In 12 games, the Georgian attack ranks third in the country and first in the SEC with 38 goals, surpassing the 18 scored all last season. The Bulldogs were in first place for two weeks until Southern Alabama took the top spot after a 15-0 win over Alcorn State. With 3.17 goals per game, the scoring offense ranks eighth nationally.
Murguia close to history
With an assist over Arkansas, senior midfielder Dani Murguia increased his season total to nine, placing fourth nationally and second in the SEC. Murguia’s total is currently the third-highest in a season for a Georgian player, just two off the record of 11 posted by Suzannah Weathersbee in 1996.
After last week’s loss to Arkansas, Georgia remained in 6th place in United Soccer Coaches’ (USC) Southeast Region standings and received no votes in the national ballot. The Bulldogs placed 49th in the latest RPI rankings released on Monday, the seventh-highest-rated team in the SEC.