Editor’s Note: Please welcome University of Georgia Junior midfielder and Team President, Conner Reed to MCLA Fan. He will be writing about the Bulldogs throughout the 2013 season as they compete in the SELC D1 and make a run for the National Tournament. See all of Conner’s exploits on the season here.
Sweeping The Neighbors
This past weekend, the Georgia Bulldogs crossed the border into enemy territory for some good rivalries and division play with the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers. There were major implications for the SELC playoff picture on the line, not to mention some bragging rights with friends. This will be a much happier post, I assure you.
Friday night saw the Dawgs roll into Tuscaloosa (I apologize for the “roll” pun, I couldn’t help myself). After losing to Clemson the weekend before, I’m not sure anyone could have stopped the storm that was coming. Right out of the gate, goals by freshman midfielder Cayman Sotudeh, sophomore midfielder Evan Hamrick, and junior midfielder Conner Reed put the Dawgs ahead. The Tide would strike back, however, adding two quick goals to bring the 1st quarter score to 3-2. Before the end of the quarter, senior midfielder Matt Dumbleton and senior attackman Trent Dean added their first tallies of the night. To start the 2nd quarter, a 3-minute stick penalty allowed the Dawgs to put the nail in the coffin, pouring in 4 goals during the extra man. The halftime score was 10-3 Georgia.
The start of the 2nd half was a little different, as Alabama was able to slow the Georgia offense for a bit. However, this did not stop the Dawgs from pouring in 17 goals before the end of the night. Senior Trent Dean had 5 goals and 1 assist. Junior midfielder Conner Reed added 4 goals and 2 assists, breaking out of some brief slumps. Goals by Karthick Bhat, Michael Trainer, Kevin Doran, and Dan O’Meara also helped the Dawgs to a big win. The defense played well, but not often (we’d like to see that trend continue).
After the game, the Alabama team invited all of us to see Tuscaloosa with them. They were great hosts and great guys to be around. Fellow blogger Jake Springer really rolled out the red carpet and showed us a great time. If you want to see a little more about our exploits, check out his blog (http://mcla.laxallstars.com/the-alabama-experience-southern-hospitality/); I promise you won’t be disappointed. Speaking of Jake, I’m going to take his advice and throw in an Anchorman clip that may or may not have anything to do with our time in T-Town, that is up for you to decide:
After a great night, the Dawgs used a travel day and headed to Auburn University for a Sunday showdown with the Tigers. The winner would take control of the Southwest division and move one step closer towards Atlanta. The energy did not wane a bit as the Dawgs came out fighting again. Dean added another 5 and 1 day, while senior midfielder Matt Dumbleton added 2 goals and 3 assists. Sophomore attackman Dan O’Meara came alive with a 3 goal, 3 assist performance. UGA brought the intensity for the rest of the game, holding Auburn’s offense to only 3 goals, while putting up 16 of their own. A 3-0 division record came out of the weekend – not a bad way to rebound from a bad loss.
This weekend brings the Dawgs their toughest test yet. On Thursday afternoon, UGA will be flying out to Denver, Colorado for games in Ft. Collins and Boulder with #1 Colorado State and #2 Colorado. The team is extremely excited for this unique experience and chance to play some of the best competition in the country. Although I hear it snowed there this week… not so sure how my southern blood feels about that.