ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia topped Vanderbilt 2-1 on Friday night at Turner Soccer Complex.
Senior Tina Bruni scored her first goal of the season, the third of her career, in the 83rd minute to bring the Dores to within one, but Georgia, who is receiving votes in the latest poll, managed to hold on for the victory.
Georgia opened the scoring in the 19th minute to lead at halftime despite tallying just two shots in the first half.
Vandy fell behind 2-0 in the 50th minute but continued to outshoot Georgia. The Commodores had several scoring opportunities, including a near miss on a free kick from senior Abi Brighton midway through the second half.
The Dores finally broke through in the final 10 minutes. Brighton served a corner kick into the box and after several deflections, Bruni deposited the ball into the Georgia goal.
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Vanderbilt finished with five corner kicks to Georgia’s two, marking the seventh consecutive game that the Commodores have earned more corner kicks than their opponent. The Dores also outshot the Bulldogs 15-11.
“We are really disappointed in the outcome after having more than our share of the game and the ball,” said head coach Darren Ambrose. “But at the end of the day you have to convert the opportunities to win big games. We have to continue to work at it. There are no shortcuts.”
Vanderbilt returns to Music City to host Texas A&M on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on SECN+.