Athens, GA – The Georgia soccer team faces a tall task as it continues the spring campaign with a game against the Atlanta Beat of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
The Beat roster includes Olympic gold medalists Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts, who have been regulars on the U.S. National Team and are expected to be chosen to the American roster for the World Cup this summer. Mitts has two gold medals to her name in addition to over 100 caps for the U.S., while Lloyd’s game-winner in extra time gave the U.S. a 1-0 win over Brazil in the 2008 Olympic gold medal game in Beijing.
The Beat is undefeated in its current preseason schedule with wins over several college programs including perennial power North Carolina in addition to Florida State, Auburn, and Florida. The squad official opens the 2011 season April 9 at home vs. the Boston Breakers and is looking to improve upon last season’s 5-13-6 record.
Georgia, meanwhile, is in the thick of its own spring schedule as it is currently 3-1-1 after most recently splitting a pair vs. Tennessee and UNC Greensboro last weekend in Knoxville. The Bulldogs went 11-6-4 in 2010 and reached the semifinals of the SEC Championships. The team returns nine players who made at least 10 starts, including 89 percent of its scoring makeup and its top six point contributors.
Admission to tomorrow’s game is free and both teams will sign autographs afterwards. Athens sports talk radio station 960 The Ref will broadcast live from the stadium’s press box from 4-6 p.m. leading up to kickoff.