Georgia Bulldog soccer team second in the SEC with weekend sweep


The 20th ranked Georgia Bulldog soccer team roared into second place in the SEC standings this weekend. The Dawgs beat Tennessee on Friday night in Athens and Mississippi State in Starkville on Sunday. The weekend sweep earned Georgia six points while Missouri and Texas A&M each split their games, leaving Georgia 1 point ahead of Missouri and two points ahead of Texas A&M.

The Bulldogs are now 9-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in league play,

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found the back of the net for her first career tally and

Gabby Seiler

scored her sixth goal of the year.

“This was a fantastic win,” head coach Steve Holeman told Tennessee is a great team. They’re going to go on to win many more games. It was nice to get the two-goal lead, but unfortunately then we let them back in it. They earned their way back in it. In the second half, we stood strong, our defense was solid, and we kept them off the board.”

In Sunday’s 3-1 road win over Mississippi State, Gabby Seiler scored twice and Rachel Garcia once to overwhelm the bizarro Dawgs and nudge Georgia into sole possession of the SEC’s second place.

“We’re definitely pleased with this result,” said head coach Steve Holeman to “Three points on the road is never easy, and three points in the SEC is never easy. We knew it wouldn’t be easy today and we would have a battle ahead of us, and we’re glad to get the result.”

“Gabby has been tremendous for us,” Holeman said. “When Mississippi State cut the lead in half, we made the decision to play her up top, and we asked her to get another goal for us and she did that. She’s great in the midfield and we know she can also play up top, providing assists and scoring goals. She is a tremendous player.”

Georgia took a 2-0 lead into halftime over Mississippi State, leading 14-7 in shots with Louise Hogrell registering four saves through the first 45:00.

Georgia finished with 23 shots to MSU’s 13, and Seiler’s seven shots led the way for the Bulldogs. Hogrell ended with five saves.

Georgia will take next weekend off and finish the regular season with five conference matches. The last month includes head to head competition against Missouri and Texas A&M that will likely decide Georgia’s final conference standing.

The Bulldogs are perfect on Sunday and perfect at home this season. The squad also broke the school record for consecutive games to start a season without being shut out as Georgia has now scored in all 12 games in 2014.

Georgia is two points behind league leading Florida. Georgia has five games remaining and Florida six.