Georgia (5-1-0) vs. Presbyterian (1-5-0)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 9
Time: 7 p.m. EDT
Location: Athens, Ga.
Site: Turner Soccer Complex (1,682)
Live Stream: SEC Network+ (Jeff Dantzler, PxP / Marion Crowder Cole, Analyst)
Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com
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Thursday’s match is the first all-time meeting between Georgia and Presbyterian.
Belisle is the Best
With her fourth two-goal match of the season, graduate forward Mollie Belisle extended her NCAA-best total to nine, while also leading in points with 18. For her efforts, she was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week and SEC Offensive Player of the Week. She is the first Bulldog to earn national honors since Marion Crowder in 2013. Through six matches, Belisle has already set a new career high for scores in a season and now ranks 10th in school history with 20 goals.
Statement Win for Dawgs
Georgia earned its greatest win in recent program history with a 3-1 victory over No. 15 Clemson Thursday evening. The win was the first over the Tigers since 2009 and was the first over a ranked opponent since 2015. Thanks to the win, the Bulldogs moved up to No. 5 in the USC Southeast Region rankings and received nine votes in the national rankings.
Putting Up Numbers
Through six matches, the Georgia attack ranks first in the nation with 27 goals, surpassing the 18 scored all of last season. The 27 goals mark the most in program history through six matches, topping the 23 tallied in 2000. With 4.5 goals per match, the scoring offense ranks third nationally and first in the SEC.
Georgia’s 5-1 start is one of the finest in program history, one of only seven times the Bulldogs have posted five wins in their first six matches. Only the 1997 (6-0), 1999 (5-0-1), 2005 (6-0), and 2009 (5-0-1) opened the season with stronger records.
Murguia Making Noise
Senior midfielder Dani Murguia has tallied five goals and 15 points, setting new career bests in just six matches. Murguia ranks fifth nationally in points and eighth in assists.
Lewin Lights Up
Freshman forward Danielle Lewin has established herself as one of the nation’s top newcomers. With five goals, she is tied for 10th in the nation and second among freshmen in scores. She is also second on the team in shots and tied for first in shots on goal.
Sharing is Caring
Through six matches, Georgia ranks third nationally in total assists with 25. Senior Abby Boyan ranks second in the league in assists with six, while also ranking fourth nationally. In total, 10 different Bulldogs have notched at least one assist in the opening stretch of the season.
Run of Consistency
Thanks to a quartet of Bulldogs, the Georgia starting lineup has remained remarkably consistent. Graduate defender Kayla Bruster has started in 66 consecutive appearances, while seniors Abby Boyan (58) and Cecily Stoute (56) have also continued streaks of their own. With her start against Georgia State, senior goalkeeper Emory Wegener joined the “50 Club.”
Thursday’s match marks the third-consecutive meeting between Georgia and a school from neighboring South Carolina. This is the first three-game stretch against schools from the same state since playing Wake Forest, High Point, and Charlotte to start the 2018 season.
Admission to Turner Soccer Complex is free. A selection of concession items will be available at value prices, with jumbo hot dogs, 20 oz. bottled sodas, and 22 oz. fountain Coca-Cola™ soft drinks selling for $2.50, while 20 oz. bottled Dasani®, candy, and popcorn tubs are $2. All concession and merchandise items at Turner Soccer Complex are cashless and contactless – MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover are all accepted.
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