After a short dip below the .500 mark, the GMC Prep girls soccer team upped its season record to 2-2 Wednesday by beating the Monticello Lady Hurricanes 5-1.
The win marked the second time this season that the Lady Dogs have defeated the 2A Jasper County school by that same score this year.
All of GMC’s goals Wednesday came from freshmen and sophomores who are stepping up at a time where the team is still waiting for its more experienced players to come over from the basketball court. The Lady Dogs of the hardcourt recently locked up a region championship and will enter the Class A-Public state tournament next week, so the soccer squad will be without those players until the team loses out.
Visiting Monticello had the first good scoring chance in Wednesday’s meeting on the soccer pitch. About 10 minutes in, one of the Lady Canes took a strong shot on goal, but defender Natalie Craft was there to deny the opportunity. It took 10 more minutes before an impression was made on the scoreboard as GMC freshman forward Emma Kate Godin went high to notch the game’s first goal. Monticello answered at the 11-minute mark in the opening half with a rocket shot just outside the center circle to tie the game up 1-1. It would pretty much be all Lady Dogs from that point, though. With seven minutes to go until halftime, Shivani Patel took her unimpeded space up the right sideline to get all the way into the attacking end of the field. The ball eventually found its way to freshman Maria Knapp whose low shot went into back of the net. Godin added to her goal total with less than 30 seconds left in the half. The Lady Dogs were rewarded for some great ball movement before the freshman cashed in.
The prettiest goal of the game came off the left foot of GMC sophomore Maddie Whitlock. Ten minutes into the second half from the left side of the goal, she took aim at the far post and sent the ball over the Monticello keeper’s head perfectly to put the Lady Dogs up 4-1.
The Lady Canes mustered a couple of credible threats as the home team looked to be a little winded in the second half, but none of those quarries ended in success. The GMC girls tacked on their final goal with 3:31 to go when sophomore fullback Riley Taylor sent the ball perfectly up a center channel to Kamryn Willis, who snuck the ball past the goalkeeper to finish off the chilly night’s scoring.
The Lady Dogs were scheduled to host Treutlen County Friday for a night of girls-only action, and get a bit of a break after that. Their next game is set for March 2 at home versus Tattnall Square Academy.