UGA soccer team notches sixth straight shutout in win over Long Beach State
Georgia freshman Marion Crowder scored in the 80th minute to lead the Bulldogs soccer team to a 1-0 win over Long Beach State on Friday night at the UGA Soccer Stadium, marking the Bulldogs’ sixth straight win and sixth consecutive shutout.
Georgia improves to 6-1 on the season, good for the best start under head coach Steve Holeman and the best start for the program since the 1999 squad started at 7-0-1. The six-game winning streak is Georgia’s longest since 2007, while the six straight shutouts is the longest such scoreless mark for the Bulldogs since 2009. Georgia moved its shutout streak to 574 minutes and 57 seconds, second-longest in program history behind only the 1999 team that posted eight consecutive shutouts to begin its season. The Bulldogs have not given up a goal since the season opener against Texas.
Less than two minutes in, Georgia senior forward Madeline Barker had a corner kick that set freshman Gabby Seiler up for an open look, but her shot hit the crossbar. Just moments later, senior Nicole Locandro had a shot slide just wide left as the Bulldogs set the tone early.
Freshman Lauren Tanner had a shot blocked inside with 10:20 to play, and seconds later Crowder took a pass inside from Cara Smith and fired it at the bottom right corner past the keeper for the 1-0 lead. Smith and senior defender Nikki Hill — who took a far side throw-in to set up Smith’s serve inside — earned assists on the play. It was the first career point for the redshirt freshman Smith.
The Bulldogs are home again on Sunday to take on the College of Charleston at 2 p.m.