MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. —The fourth time was the charm for Georgia Military College in their battle with Gordon State College Friday night in Milledgeville, as Georgia Military College defeated Gordon State 5-3.
The two squads had recorded one win, one loss and one tie in their three games against each other during the regular season. Each team scored
six goals in those three fixtures.
In a physical match to decide the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Championship, former Eastside Lady Eagle Morgan Green helped break a scoreless tie when she sent a long flighted ball into the scoring area that the Gordon keeper could not totally stop.
GMC's Adisa Nwawel tapped the ball into the net from close range as it rolled towards the Gordon goal to give the Lady Bulldogs the 1-0 lead with 10:40 left till halftime.
Gordon tied the match with only 1:27 left on a great ball from Skylar Bertram on the far right that was headed into the goal by Nicole Reynoso.
Incredibly, the score at halftime Friday night was 1-1. It looked as if the two teams were destined to play their third overtime game in the 2017 season.
But in the second half all that changed. GMC took a 3-1 lead before the teams exchanged goals four times in under seven minutes. The Lady Bulldogs of GMC (14-2-1) would go on to add another pair of goals to defeat the Lady Highlanders of Gordon State College (16-2-1). Nwawel had a "hat trick" for GMC.
After the match, a ceremony was held announcing GMC's Nwawel as GCAA Player of the Year and Gordon State College coach Scott Henderson as GCAA Coach of the Year. The Lady Bulldogs were presented with their GCAA 2017 Championship Plaque. Georgia Military, coached by former Heritage Lady Patriot Courtney Morgan, will represent Region 17 in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament held in Melbourne, Fla., Nov. 13-18.