First Gulf South game, first Gulf South win

Carrollton, Ga. – September 23, 2005 – Welcome back to Gulf South Conference action, UWG head coach Gareth O’Sullivan. His West Georgia Braves played their first ever Gulf South Conference match Friday night, outshooting Christian Brothers 23-6 en route to a 4-0 victory.

Sara Sohlberg, who leads the country in goals scored with 1.83 per game, scored two more tonight, the first of which tied the school record for goals in a season with 12. Sohlberg’s teammate and countrywoman Alex Udin, set the record last year in UWG’s inaugural season.

The Braves and Lady Bucs played even for the first 38 minutes of the match. But in the 38th minute, Samantha Jones broke through with her first goal of the year, a deflection off CBU keeper Sarah Plummer. Three minutes later, with time running down in the first half, Maz Sweeney took a pass from Stephanie Giles and found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room.

The second half was scoreless for the first 15 minutes until Laura Walls found Sohlberg in front of the goal for a header to give UWG a commanding 3-0 lead. The junior scored one more unassisted seven minutes later to close out the scoring on the night.

The UWG defense was stifling on the night, allowing just six shots total and only one shot on goal. It was the fourth straight shutout pitched by keeper Lauren Camp and her defense.

The Braves were scheduled to take on Ouachita Baptist on Sunday afternoon, but that game has been postponed due to Hurricane Rita. It marks the second time in two years that a sporting event between the Braves and Tigers has been cancelled due to a hurricane. Hurricane Ivan forced UWG and OBU to cancel a football game in Carrollton last September.

The game will be made up if deemed necessary at the end of the season. The Braves return home next Friday for a battle with GSC foe Harding at 4 p.m.

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