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2nd half surge helps Women's Soccer blow past West Georgia, 2-0

2nd half surge helps Women's Soccer blow past West Georgia, 2-0


By Matt Green

ROME -- They may have let one slip away in Carrollton, but the Shorter women's soccer team wasn't about to let history repeat itself in Rome.

And in the one of two matchups with West Georgia that counted in the Gulf South Conference standings, the Lady Hawks left no doubt.

Brandi Greenwald and Helena Farinha scored a pair of goals 1:17 apart late in the second half as Shorter posted an impressive 2-0 shutout of its GSC rival on Saturday afternoon at Ben Brady Field.

The win improves Shorter's record to 4-10-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the Gulf South Conference while West Georgia falls to 5-7-3 overall and 2-3-2 in the league. The win leapfrogs the Lady Hawks ahead of West Georgia for sixth in the conference standings.

Aline Bez Tamiosso assisted on both goals for Shorter, who outshot West Georgia 19-11 for the game -- 12-6 in a second half that saw the Lady Hawks wear down the visitors and finally notch a pair of late strikes after seeing several golden opportunities go astray throughout the match.

After a scoreless first half that saw Shorter hold a 7-5 edge in shots, the Lady Hawks began to find gaps in West Georgia's defense in the second frame.

Greenwald finally broke the scoreless tie in the 83rd minute, as Tamiosso played her in down the right of the penalty area, allowing Shorter's leading scorer to fire a rising shot past West Georgia keeper Mary Laza for a 1-0 Shorter lead. The goal was Greenwald's ninth of the year -- one off her career high of 10 set last season -- and would end up being her third game winning goal of the season.

Shorter wasted no time getting a bit of insurance as moments later, in the 84th minute, Tamiosso found herself in the middle of another scoring play, this time finding Farinha making a run down the left side of the box.

Farinha touched the ball past a West Georgia defender and snuck her shot past Laza to the far post to put the Lady Hawks up 2-0 and cap the scoring.

Shorter, which dropped a 2-1 decision to West Georgia back on October 5 in a match that counted as a non-conference game, won for the second time in three matches after ending a five game winless streak last Sunday with a 3-1 upset of then No. 14-ranked North Alabama. The Lady Hawks have outscored their opponents 5-1 in those two victories and now find themselves ahead of West Georgia, Union, Delta State and Christian Brothers in the league standings.

Katie Stachula posted her second career shutout with the help of five saves. Greenwald led Shorter with six shots -- three on target -- while Tamiosso added five attempts and Farinha three to power Shorter offensively.

Shorter returns to action on Monday, October 22 when it plays host to Valdosta State at Ben Brady Field in a 2 pm kick-off.

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