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Second Half Outburst Lifts Women's Soccer To 2-1 Road Win Over Georgia Southern


Megan Watts

STATESBORO, Ga. – After a defensive battle in the first half, Old Dominion got second half goals from Riley Mullen and Megan Watts to take a 2-1 Sun Belt Conference East Division win over Georgia Southern on Sunday afternoon.
"This was a big result and a real gutsy performance. There is a reason they were last year's regular season winners, as they are really tough to play against," said ODU Head Coach Angie Hind.
The second half opened with Old Dominion (7-1-2, 2-1-0) on the attack as Mullen came out of a pack with a breakaway opportunity and she peppered the upper left corner with her first goal of the season at 48:50 for the quick 1-0 ODU lead.
Georgia Southern (5-4-0, 0-2-0) answered a little over six minutes later as Elis Nemtsov found Smith Cathey in the box for the equalizer at 55:15 and a 1-1 match.
Watts put the Monarchs up 2-1 on a ricochet landing at her feet and she blasted the go-ahead goal into the top center of the net at 65:44 for the ODU 2-1 advantage.
"I thought we did well in moments when we got the ball down and possessed. We scored two great goals which I felt we deserved and to bounce back in the manner we did after they tied it was just great," said Hind.

"We had to be strong defensively today and our back line and keeper dug really deep against so many balls in the box. They were immense."
In the first half, each team had opportunities but the teams were stout on the defensive end as the half ended 0-0. On the game, the Monarchs held a 13-11 advantage in shots and Emily Bredek made four saves.
"I'm proud of how we bounced back after the disappointment of Thursday's game," Hind added. "
Old Dominion returns home on September 30 to face Southern Miss on Senior Day at 2 p.m.