Tuscaloosa, AL - No. 20 Georgia scored just over three minutes into the game and cruised to a 3-0 win over Alabama Thursday at the UA Soccer Stadium.
With the win to wrap up their five-game road swing, the Bulldogs improve to 10-3-4 overall and now have 18 points with a 5-1-3 SEC mark. This marks the sixth straight year Georgia has won at least 10 games.
“It was our fifth straight road match and we played pretty well,” said head coach Steve Holeman said. “To come here to Tuscaloosa and get a 3-0 win is great. We are looking forward to getting back home Sunday and facing a good Auburn team.”
All three of Georgia’s goals came from freshmen as Alexa Newfield had a pair of goals and Meghan Gibbons added another. It was the first multi-goal game of Newfield’s career.
The Bulldogs scored just 3:15 into the game as Newfield took a pass from Rebekah Perry and slotted it past the Alabama goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead. It was the fourth straight contest Georgia scored in the first 15 minutes, including the third time by Newfield.
“Our mentality coming out of the locker room is that we don’t have any time to waste,” Newfield said. “We had to put the petal to the metal. Rebekah had a great diagonal ball through the weak side and it was something we worked on in practice. I was making a run and was able to capitalize.”
Georgia struck again with just over two minutes remaining in the half with Gibbons’ seventh goal of the season assisted by Caroline Simpson as Georgia took a 2-0 lead into the break.
“It’s great to have an early goal and lead at halftime,” Holeman said. “We had some confidence going into halftime, and we needed to follow up on that. Alabama is a good team and we couldn’t sit on a two-goal lead.”
Newfield scored her second goal on a penalty kick in the 50th minute, the first PK of the year for the Bulldogs. Ashley Miller was taken down inside the 18-yard box on a breakaway towards the Alabama goal and Georgia was awarded a penalty kick. With the score, Newfield tied Gibbons for the team lead with her seventh goal.
Ashley Baker finished the game with four saves for the Bulldogs.
During Georgia’s five straight road games, the Bulldogs allowed just two goals, and have allowed only three goals in SEC action this season for a league-best .33 goals against average. In SEC games Georgia has a conference-best seven shutouts, and the Bulldogs are tied with South Carolina for first with nine shutouts in all games.
Georgia now has six straight wins over Alabama including three consecutive shutouts. A total of 21 Bulldogs played in the win over the Crimson Tide (8-6-2, 3-4-2 SEC) on Thursday.
Georgia returns to action Sunday when Auburn visits the UGA Soccer Stadium for the regular season home finale at 1:00 p.m. ET on SportSouth. UGA trails only Florida and South Carolina by four points in the overall SEC standings.
The Bulldogs’ six seniors—Christy Barrow, Kelli Corless, Traci Dreesen, Marah Falle, Mariah Krase and Caroline Simpson--will be honored prior to the contest.