The Georgia Bulldogs women’s soccer program has made some impressive strides this season, culminating in a historic first SEC Championship title on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Dawgs, who came into the tournament as the two-seed, defeated Kentucky, Texas A&M in overtime, and Arkansas along the way to claim their fourth SEC Tournament Championship title in program history.
Against Arkansas, Georgia scored the only goal of the game on an “own goal” from the Razorbacks seven minutes in, assisted by walk-on Mallie McKenzie. McKenzie is now one assist away from tying the school record.
Georgia goalkeeper Jordan Brown kept the goal clean in the first half, racking up multiple saves. She continued her strong play in the second half, fending off Arkansas in the final minute to preserve the victory.
With the win, the Lady Dawgs secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament and the possibility of hosting a game for the second time under second-year head coach Keidame McAlpine.
The SEC Championship title is a major milestone for the Georgia women’s soccer program, which has been on the rise in recent years. The Lady Dawgs have now won their first SEC East title and their first SEC Tournament Championship title in the same season.
McAlpine, who was named SEC Coach of the Year, has done a tremendous job of turning the program around in a short period of time. He has recruited talented players and built a winning culture in Athens.
The Lady Dawgs are now poised for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. They have a balanced team with a strong defense and a potent offense. With Brown in goal, they have one of the best keepers in the country.
Georgia fans should be excited about the future of the women’s soccer program. The Lady Dawgs are a legitimate contender for a national championship.