Ladies and Gentlemen, Saturday, February 25, 2012, has been a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog.
In the early evening, the basketball team took down the 12th-ranked Florida Gators. (I hate Florida.) Prior to that triumph, however, the Georgia Soccer Dawgs continued their 2012 Spring exhibition schedule by defeating the 2011 NCAA tournament semifinalist Florida State Seminoles 1-0.
What makes this an even more impressive feat for the Dawgs is that they accomplished this feat without two major impact players, goalkeeper Ashley Baker and defender Nikki Hill, who are both away on international duty playing for England and Canada, respectively. In addition, the Red and Black have been hit by the injury bug recently, leaving them with only 13 players on the roster for this match. (That means there were only two subs available on the bench... the equivalent of playing with one sub on the bench for basketball.)
Georgia fought a strong, mostly-defensive battle over the whole game. They broke through on an Alexa Newfield goal in the 53rd minute of the second half. From there, they were able to hang on to the one-goal advantage to take the victory from the visiting Seminoles. (It's also worth noting that Carli Shultis played in this game, despite being arrested on Tuesday for stealing $1.06 worth of hashbrowns from the Tate Center Bulldog Cafe. No, I'm not kidding.)
Congratulations to the Georgia Soccer team for prevailing against seemingly insurmountable odds and defeating a great Florida State team!