Bulldogs open conference play with 2-1 win

By Samantha Stallings |

The Samford soccer team started their Southern Conference schedule with a 2-1 win against the Georgia Southern Eagles Friday night.

“It’s always great to go on the road and get a win,” Samford head coach Todd Yelton said. “I’m extremely happy for our team, because playing at Georgia Southern on a Friday night is a very difficult test. We’re very happy and very proud of our team for how they played.”

The Bulldogs have improved their winning streak over SoCon competitors to 11 straight matches. The last time Samford lost to a conference opponent was Nov. 2010 against UNC-Greensboro.

Sophomore nursing major Lindsey Hansen scored Samford’s first goal in the tenth minute of the game. The goal was Hansen’s first goal of her Samford career. Senior English major Adrianne Mancino recorded her first assist of the 2012 season, helping Hansen score.

“Lindsey’s goal was huge for us for a number of reasons,” Yelton said. “It was big because it gave us an early lead and it was also important because it came off a set-piece. I think Lindsey’s goal today really gave us some good early confidence. Plus, I’m proud of her to score her first goal.”

Georgia Southern’s only goal was a minute before halftime, which put the score at 1-1.

Junior elementary education major Michelle Moll scored her goal in the 69th minute of the game and sealed the win for the Bulldogs. Moll’s goal was her first of the season and came off of an assist by junior communications studies major Trine Taule.

“Michelle had an outstanding match today and I think she showed why she was predicted to be one of the top players in the conference,” Yelton said.

With the win on Friday night the Bulldogs have beaten the Eagles in seven straight matches. Samford has never been beaten by Georgia Southern, with a 7-0-1 record against the Eagles.

Samford will take on Furman in the Bulldogs’ conference home opener Friday at 7 p.m.

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