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Grayson's Vernetti scores double OT game-winner for GGC soccer

LAWRENCEVILLE — Forward Mary Vernetti, a Grayson grad, finished off Amanda Dale’s shot on the goal line to put away the game-winning score in the 106th minute Monday night as the Georgia Gwinnett College women’s soccer team outlasted NCAA Division II foe West Georgia, 1-0, in double-overtime at the Grizzly Soccer Complex.

The Grizzlies were turned away 11 previous times by Wolves goalkeeper Mary Laza on the night, but the 21st shot of the night gave GGC a record fifth-straight victory.

Georgia Gwinnett, which has won nine of its last 10 games, is now 13-3-1 on the season. The team also improved to 4-1-1 overtime games this season, with five of the six going to double-overtime.

Dale and Jocelyn Baker each tallied an assist on the deciding score that gave GGC its seventh win in nine home games.

“We’re exhausted,” head coach Domenic Martelli said following the win. “We just played three games in five days and the first two were very, very tough games. Everyone is exhausted, but this is where you learn to play in these kinds of games, especially with the (A.I.I. Championships) coming up.”

The Grizzlies outshot the Wolves (2-13-1), 21-9, and were whistled offside on another 10 attacks as GGC produced chances time and again.

Sophomore goalkeeper Mo Gutierrez, a Dacula grad, made two key saves early in the game and junior Alex Hays finished off the final 60 minutes in net to give GGC its eighth shutout win. The Grizzlies moved into a tie for eighth nationally in that category and have allowed just one goal in their last four contests.

“We were used to playing an up and down type of pace and playing off of them, we weren’t winning the ball early,” said Martelli. “They were in good defensive shape and we were having a hard time getting forward but in the end, we still created so many chances.”

Baker, Dale and Vernetti combined to fire 13 shots on the night.

The Grizzlies have just one game remaining in the regular season before the 2013 A.I.I. Championships in Lawrenceville, Nov. 15-16.

Senior night will be next Monday, Nov. 4, at home against Emmanuel at 7 p.m.