LAWRENCEVILLE — The Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies (3-0) hosted the Virginia Intermont Cobras (0-1) at the Grizzly Soccer Complex on Saturday afternoon and made easy work of the visiting team 6-0.
Before the game head coach Dominic Martelli said he wanted his team to focus on bouncing back from a tough match the night before.
“When we have the battle we did last night, playing Faulkner to a 2-1 game (victory), the biggest challenge is to come back and play well tonight,” Martelli said.
Natalie Leone opened things up quickly at the 43:33 mark in the first half taking a feed from Amanda Beasley for the opening goal, putting the Grizzlies up 1-0. It was the first goal of the year for Leone and the first assist for Beasley. The Grizzlies had no trouble from there easily pulling away from the Cobras.
The Grizzlies maintained a steady attack on goal scoring two goals in just over one minute. Jocelyn Baker scored at the 30:15 mark in the first half with an assist from Bethany Johnson, her second of the season.
Nikki LeFevre then found the net for her first goal of the season with an assist from Jessica Beasley, her second of the day at the 29:07 mark of the first half. This put the Grizzlies up 3-0.
LeFevre didn’t stop there, adding a breakaway goal with 26:22 remaining in the first half to extend the Grizzlies lead to 4-0. Soon after, Hannah Eison delivered a spectacular pass to Mary Vernetti who beat Kierston Ulversoy for the goal at the 13:58 mark in the first half and a 5-0 Grizzlies lead. The goal and assist was the first of the season for Eison and Vernetti.
The second half was shortened due to a near two hour weather delay for lightning in the area. Play resumed around 7 p.m., allowing for several substitutions.
Play ended early with approximately 25 minutes left in the second half due to the threat of lightning and thunderstorms in the area. Hannah Eison scored the lone goal in the second half sending the Grizzlies to a 6-0 victory.
“We had some things go our way tonight, we were able to play 26 players, and we scored on a corner kick,” Martelli said. “We need to have a great week of practice to prepare for Northwood down in Florida.”