University of Georgia Athletics

Georgia (8-4-1, 2-2-1 SEC) vs. No. 19 Tennessee (8-3-1, 4-1-0 SEC)
Date: Sunday October 9
Time: 4 p.m. EDT
Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
To place: Turner Football Complex (1,682)

Direct: SEC Network (Alex Perlman, PxP / Marion Crowder, analyst)
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Tennessee in two stages

Georgia continues a daunting SEC roster with a home game against No. 19 Tennessee, the fourth-ranked opponent to play at the Turner Soccer Complex this season. The Bulldogs have scored in just two of their last seven meetings with the Lady Vols, but they are 8-4-1 at home against Tennessee. With a win, Georgia would earn its first victory over a ranked opponent since moving past 5 LSU, 2-1, on Sept. 26, 2021.

Drawn with the Dores

Georgia scored its first draw of the season at Vanderbilt on Thursday night, overcoming an early goal with an equalizer by Ellie Gilbert in the 16th minute. The draw marked the first result against Vanderbilt since a win in 2015, snapping a six-game losing streak. The Bulldogs offense posted one of its best performances of the season, outscoring the Commodores, 12-5 (8-2 on target), while the defense allowed just three corner kicks to Vandy . Thursday’s game saw seven starters play for 90 minutes, with only a season-low 16 Bulldogs on the field.

Information and trends

Thursday’s game was the first time this season in which Georgia posted a result despite scoring second and going into the halftime tie. It was also the first time this season that the Bulldogs failed to win a game despite a shot pass from their opponent. Additionally, the Bulldogs’ 12 shots and eight shots on the frame marked the most non-winning games since last season’s SEC Tournament tie against LSU.

Distribute the wealth

In 13 matches, 15 different Bulldogs have scored this season, the second highest goalscorer in a single season. In the 1998 season, 16 different players scored a goal. Another sign of the Bulldogs’ depth, 11 of Georgia’s 30 goals this season (36.7%) have come from players coming off the bench.

Dawgs in the polls

This week, Georgia ranks eighth in the United Soccer Coaches Southeast Region rankings and moved up to 43rd in the NCAA RPI rankings. The Bulldogs are one of nine SEC schools ranked in the top 50 in RPI, including upcoming opponents Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Beardsley grows up

Despite only having 45 minutes of experience under her belt, the second-year goaltender Liz Beardsley impressed in his first full season in front of goal. After posting a shutout against Georgia Southern, Beardsley put up a solid performance against then-No. 1 Florida State, totaling six saves, including a remarkable second-half punch. During the season, she posted six shutouts, which tied her for 16th in the country.

Graduates close to history

With her 28th-minute goal against FSU, the graduate striker Dani Murguia reached 50 points in his career, closing in on the top 10 in program history. With an assist against Georgia State, Murguia is now just three behind Suzannah Weathersbee for the program’s career high (24) and will be looking to set a new record this season.

Fellow Graduates Abby Boyan and Cecile Stoute also approach the top of the program registers. Boyan has now appeared and started in 83 games (tied for second most in program history by starts), setting her on pace to eventually break the records held by Natalie Farley (88 appearances) and Carrie Patterson ( 87 starts). She is also ranked fourth in shots (185) and seventh all-time in assists (18). Murguia (83 appearances) and Stoute (81 apps/starts) are also in line to possibly reach the top of the list as well.


Georgia continues its three-game homestand against Missouri on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at the Turner Soccer Complex.

Entrance to the Turner Soccer Complex is free with a clear bag policy in effect. Spectators are encouraged to help “Pack the Pitch” and wear black for the game. Sunday’s game will also celebrate Father’s and Daughter’s Day.

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