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GGC women battle to tie in Florida match

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Georgia Gwinnett women’s soccer team battled unbeaten St. Thomas University (Fla.) to a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon in a game that featured two periods of overtime.

The Grizzlies used a 72nd minute score from senior Amanda Dale to level the contest and produced several more scoring chances down the stretch before the game ended in a tie.

Georgia Gwinnett now stands at 3-1-1 on the season while St. Thomas, which owns a victory over No. 7 Mobile, is 3-0-1.

“The effort was really outstanding today to go 110 minutes in the Florida heat playing a second high quality opponent in three days,” GGC head coach Domenic Martelli said. “I really give a lot of credit to our defense for their performance.”

The Grizzlies were clipped by No. 10 Northwood Friday in West Palm Beach.

“Especially defensively, we really stuck to our plan today,” Martelli said. “In the second half and in overtime, we created a lot of chances but we just weren’t able to finish. To come away with a tie though 12 hours away from home is a good result.”

The Bobcats scored with just two minutes remaining in the first half on a strike by Melony Poviones.

After a second-half weather delay, the Grizzlies pulled even with just over 18 minutes remaining in regulation on Dale’s second score of the season.

Dale’s five points are tied for second on the GGC squad through five games.

Georgia Gwinnett fired 11 shots during the contest, including six on goal, and made six saves defensively.

The Grizzlies return to action by hosting Thomas University (Ga.) on Friday in Lawrenceville at 5 p.m.