Rams fall for first time By Rudy Roediger | September 3, 2012 | RSS LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Bluefield College’s women’s soccer team fell for the first time in three games with a 2-0 loss to Georgia Gwinnett on Monday afternoon at Grizzly Soccer Field. “I thought the girls played extremely well defensively,” said Head Coach Chase Neidig. “Our back four deserve a lot of credit. We still must get better from east-to-west in the midfield.” North Greenville transfer Mary Vernetti scored a goal in each half for the Grizzlies while freshman goalkeeper Mo Gutierrez made four saves in net as the Grizzlies’ defense pitched its first shutout of the season. Juniors Pip Pattison, Callan Camin and Braley Freire led the Rams attack with 10 combined shots while junior Kayla Richardson made a season-high six saves in the loss for BC. Richardson a transfer from Mountain State University came into the game 2-0-0 on the season as the Rams started the season with a program second-best start including its only season opening shutout. The win improved GGC’s record to 2-2 on the year, while the loss dropped the Rams to 2-1. After Freire opened the attack in the just three minutes into the contest for Bluefield College it was Vernetti who capitalized on a chance 13 minutes into the game to give GGC the lead. Richardson made the initial stop before Vernetti picked up the rebound to slot home the eventual game winner, and putting the Rams behind for the first time all season. At the break the shots were level at six each but GGC maintained the slight 1-0 lead. The two teams battled back and forth till the 77th minute when Vernetti beat Richardson for her GGC leading fifth goal of the season, giving the Grizzlies a decisive 2-0 advantage. The Grizzlies went on to outshoot the Rams 21-15 for the game, including 8-4 in shots on goal but the two teams were even in corner kicks (4) with Bluefield holding a 2-1 advantage after the first period. “We will continue to work on the tactics in our final third so that we are more of a threat offensively,” said Neidig. “We now have a few days to prepare, refocus and be ready to battle two programs on next weekend’s road trip.” The Rams continue their four-game, nine-day road trip with a 4:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, Sep. 8, at Mars Hill (N.C.).