GGC Women win fourth straight in OT vs. Reinhardt

LAWRENCEVILLE — Sophomore Mary Vernetti knocked in a deflection just over four minutes into the first extra period on Tuesday night to give the Georgia Gwinnett women’s soccer team its program-best fourth straight victory, this time a 1-0 win over Reinhardt University at the Grizzly Soccer Complex.

Vernetti capitalized after Reinhardt goalkeeper Taylor Asher knocked out Kelsey Griswold’s long free kick on net. The fourth score of the season for the GGC sophomore improved the Grizzlies to 8-2-1 and 4-0 on the season against in-state foes. Reinhardt fell to 9-3.

It was the fourth overtime game already this season for GGC, which improved to 5-1 in Lawrenceville.

Both the Grizzlies and Eagles received national votes in Tuesday’s most recent NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

“Reinhardt does a lot of things well, they are a good team,” said Grizzlies head coach Domenic Martelli. “I challenged the ladies at the end of regulation to see overtime as a new game. Whatever we did before, it was over. Then we get a little tempo going, a chance up the middle and boom (we score).”

The Grizzlies produced several close chances in the first half. Amanda Dale was stopped in close by Asher in traffic and a breakaway chance for Vernetti sailed high of the net as GGC tallied eight shots.

The Georgia Gwinnett defense was stingy all game long, limiting the Eagles to just two shots on goal. Mo Gutierrez and Alex Hays each made one save, preserving the scoreless tie before Vernetti’s winner for GGC’s fifth shutout win of the year.

The Grizzlies edged out the Eagles with 13 shots to nine in the tight contest.