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    ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia soccer defeated High Point, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon for the Bulldogs’ first win of the 2017 season.   In the 71st minute, Maddie Burdick passed to Caroline Chipman, who played the ball into the box, allowing Katie MacGinnitie to kick it into the back of the net, putting the Bulldogs up 1-0.   “We’re happy to come away with the win,” Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said. “I think our effort was there, just as it was Friday night against Wake Forest, but today we ended up grinding it out and getting a hard-worked goal. It was not a thing of beauty but the players kept it alive until Katie was able to put it away. It was a really nice finish and a determined effort at the end of the field.”   Georgia (1-1) controlled the ball offensively throughout the first half of the game, taking nine shots to High Point’s (1-1) one, but the score remained 0-0 after the first 45 minutes of play.    The Bulldogs came out determined in the second half, continuing to control possession.    High Point’s best chance for the equalizer came seven minutes after Georgia took the 1-0 lead with a penalty kick that hit the left goal post and went wide.   Georgia hits the road for the first time this season when the team travels to take on Charlotte on Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m. before continuing onto Blacksburg, Virginia to play the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday, August 27 at 2 p.m.   Fans now have the opportunity to enjoy Georgia soccer games with a UGA soccer seatback. The seatbacks are thick and comfortable, and can be purchased at the Fan Info table located in the plaza of the Turner Soccer Complex for $5 per game. You can also save $15 by purchasing a soccer seatback for all nine home matches of the season for a total of $30.
  • ATHENS, Ga.--- Three members of the Georgia soccer team have been named to the Southeastern Conference Soccer Preseason Watch List announced Wednesday by the conference office. Since 2011, the SEC has named a watch list in lieu of selecting preseason all-conference teams.     Seniors Louise Hogrell and Mariel Gutierrez, as well as freshman Katie Higgins joined players from each of the other 13 member institutions on the list. Hogrell receives the honor for the third consecutive season, while this marks the second consecutive season Gutierrez was named to the list.    Hogrell returns in goal for Georgia after playing all but 15 minutes during the 2016 season. She led the SEC in saves (94) and ranked second in saves per game (5.22). The Asa, Sweden native ranks near the top in several UGA career records following her junior season, including fifth in career shutouts (14), fifth in saves (262), and fifth in wins (21).    Gutierrez is back for her senior season as Georgia’s leading returner in assists with four in 2016. The Mexico City, Mexico native started all 18 games at midfield for the Bulldogs last season and scored four goals.     Higgins kicks off her collegiate career after leading PDA O’Reilly to an ECNL U-18 Northeast Conference championship and a quarterfinals finish in the national playoffs. The Andreas, Pennsylvania native was an early enrollee who contributed in the spring in preparation for the 2017 season. She started in the exhibition game against Auburn and took one shot.   Georgia will officially kick off the 2017 season at the Turner Soccer Complex against Wake Forest on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs cap off opening weekend in Athens against High Point on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
  • 960 The Ref’s Sam Franco got the chance to tour the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta United
  • LONDON --- Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas finished third place in the 200-meter dash to earn a bronze medal and top the highlights for the current and former Bulldogs’ performances at the IAAF World Championships in London over the last week.   Miller-Uibo, who won the 2013 NCAA indoor 400m title for Georgia, secured her third-place finish in the 200m after crossing the finish line in 22.15. She was one of four competitors who finished with times between 22.05 (Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands) and 22.22. In the 200m semifinal, Miller-Uibo tied with the fastest time of 22.49 and won her heat.    In the 200m opening round, Miller-Uibo ran out of the fourth heat and topped the field with a 22.69. This was the second-fastest time of qualifying for the 2016 Rio 400m gold medalist, who is ranked second in the world in the 200m this year.     In the 400m final last Wednesday, Miller-Uibo was part of the lead back and then stormed out to the overall lead during the homestretch. She slipped to fourth in the final meters with a 50.49.   Another host of current and former Bulldogs also competed at the World Championships last week in London.   A pair of Lady Bulldogs, one current and one former, competed in the qualifying round of the women’s high jump last Thursday. Former Georgia jumper Levern Spencer of St. Lucia cleared 6 feet, 2 ¼ inches to finish one spot out of qualifying in her group while rising senior Tatiana Gusin was 13th in the same group with a 6-0.75 clearance.   Three Georgia men, two who competed in 2017 and another who finished in 2016, competed in the decathlon over this past weekend. Team USA’s Devon Williams, who completed his UGA eligibility in June, scored his fourth consecutive 8,000-point total and his fifth overall after tallying 8,088 points for 10th place. Karl Saluri of Estonia, who is a rising senior, surpassed the 8,000-point mark for the second time in his Bulldog career with a season-best score of 8,025 for 13th place.    Fellow Estonian Maicel Uibo, who won two NCAA decathlon titles before completing his Georgia career in 2016, did not reach a mark in the pole vault after coming in at 16-0.75 and retired after the eighth event.   Williams launched the javelin 190 feet to highlight his second day of action. Saluri won his group in the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 16-4.75 to keep pace in the scoring. Uibo peaked on his second day in the discus with an effort of 157-1, which was first in his group and fourth overall.   After day one, Williams (4,222 points) was in 11th, Saluri (4,204) stood in 14th and Uibo (3,933) was in 25th place. Williams sister Kendell Williams, who also completed her UGA career in 2017, took 12th in the heptathlon earlier in the meet. Uibo married Miller-Uibo earlier this year after being teammates during the 2013 season.   Williams won his group in the shot put with a third try that measured a personal-best distance of 47-4.25 and then sprinted to the fastest 400m finish of his career (48.11) to stay in the mix on the first day. Saluri approached his career best in the 100m to finish third in his heat after crossing the line in 10.55 in his second decathlon of 2017. Uibo tied for ninth overall in the high jump after clearing 6-7.50 on his first attempt to pace his day one scoring.   Former Bulldog Kibwe Johnson also competed last Wednesday and finished 16th in his hammer throw qualifying group with an opening toss of 225 feet, 11 inches.
  • STATESBORO, Ga. --- Two freshmen scored Georgia’s three goals in a shutout win over Georgia Southern on Saturday evening. The Bulldogs defeated the Eagles, 3-0, in the final exhibition game of preseason action.    “Every player made a contribution today and that‘s what building a team is all about, every player playing their role,” Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said. “It was needed today. That’s what you want out of an exhibition, for a team to challenge you a little bit and then to try to find solutions. I thought we were solution oriented. The team played well and it was a good result for us.”   After a scoreless first half, freshman Delaney Erwin headed the ball into the net off a cross from sophomore Daria Stan to put the Bulldogs on the board in the 53rd minute of action.    With six minutes remaining in the game, freshman Reagan Glisson extended Georgia’s lead with a shot from outside the box.   Glisson scored again in the final minute of play to seal the victory over the Eagles.    Jessie Harvey, Louise Hogrell, and Liz Brucia all saw time in the goal, each making one save to complete the shutout for the Bulldogs.    The season officially kicks off at the Turner Soccer Complex against Wake Forest on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs cap off opening weekend in Athens against High Point on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
  • UGA takes the field for practice No. 8 of Fall Camp. 
  • We are four weeks away from the Georgia Bulldogs season opening home game against Appalachian State: the annual UGA Fan Day is set for Saturday, 2:30 at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs will hold an open practice that starts at 3:30 and sign autographs afterwards.  The Bulldogs are 15th in the Coaches’ preseason poll that was released Thursday. From the UGA Sports Information Office... The University of Georgia Football Fan Day presented by United Healthcare includes, for the second year in a row, the Bulldog football team holding an open practice at the Sanford Stadium from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Players and head coach Kirby Smart will be available for autographs immediately following the practice on the field at approximately 5:45 p.m.   Fans will also have an opportunity to take photos with Uga X beginning at 3 p.m. Special ticket coupons are required for access to the location for Uga X and those tickets will be distributed to the first 150 fans at noon from the East End ticket windows on East Campus Road. Ticket holders who want to see Uga X must be in line by 3:30 p.m. Only those with a ticket are guaranteed a photo, and no stand by tickets will be issued.    Fans may enter the stadium through Gates 2, 4, 6 and 9 beginning at 2:30 p.m. and can sit in the 100 and 200 levels. The West End Zone will be closed due to construction for entry and seating. The open practice, which is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. will last approximately two hours. At the conclusion of practice, fans wishing to participate in Fan Day will enter the field through specific gates. Fans can start lining up at 5 p.m.    Following practice, the Georgia football team and Coach Smart will be available for autographs for 45 minutes. The gates to the field will open once the autograph session has been set up. In an effort to facilitate as many autographs in the time allowed, fans are limited to two posters per person and fans will only be allowed to have the 2017 Georgia football schedule poster signed. The poster will be available as fans enter the field for the autograph session. No other items will be permitted for autographs and no posed photographs with players and Coach Smart will be permitted.    Parking is available in any lots along East Campus Road, Psychology-Journalism, Legion Field, Tate Center parking deck, Hull Street parking deck and North Campus parking deck.   Concessions will be available in specific areas on the 100 and 200 levels. Coca-Cola products, hot dogs and assorted snacks will be available at the concession stands. Fans can purchase UGA merchandise at the UGA Bookstore, located in the Tate Center and open from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., or inside Sanford Stadium’s Gate 6 Plaza and Reed Plaza.   In case of inclement weather, the Fan Day portion of the afternoon would be cancelled. Please check georgiadogs.com for more details on the day of the event.
  • UGA opens Fall Camp for the first practice of the 2017 season. 
  • Athens, Ga -- For the first time since spring, the University of Georgia football team will get together on the practice fields this afternoon and practice the sport of football. And if you’ve ever spent significant time in Athens or any other corner of the state, you may refer to this time of year as when “things are once again right in the world.” The wait has been a long one. Chalk that up to heightened expectations for the upcoming season, or maybe the sour taste left in the mouths of Bulldog faithful who watched their team lose to Georgia Tech in the last meaningful game in Sanford Stadium. Or maybe just the sticky, hot air that makes all of us dream of cool fall mornings with a pregame beverage while wearing a sweatshirt. Either way, it’s here.  Well, almost.  Kickoff is now just 33 days away, and head coach Kirby Smart stood in front of a room full of the regular media folks to discuss what he expects not only of his team, but himself, as the lifeblood of Athens is once again beginning to be be pumped back in.  “I'm thrilled for this day to get here,” Smart said.  “Excited to find out how a lot of these new guys learn. These practices are not easy. The idea is to create adversity for your team, find out who the leaders are and we're going to be able to do that. Not necessarily right away, because you've got shorts on, but as you move into it, you get into scrimmages, you move guys up and down the depth chart and you find out how they respond to things and how they react.” Some key areas will be addressed over the next four and a half weeks in order to avoid another embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt. Or Tennessee. Or Florida. Or Georgia Tech. And while the offensive line may be the first thing that comes to most fans’ minds, Smart exclaimed that another area holds the spot of concern No. 1 in his mind.  “Special teams would be No. 1,” Smart said “We are going to try to change some things up special teams-wise, as you guys know, from a quality control standpoint, Scott Fountain has joined us. I think he did a tremendous job at Auburn, always has. We counted, I think we had, I want to say it was 250 snaps on special teams played by true freshmen last year. So the question becomes: Can the true freshmen this year unseat some of those guys or create a competitive environment to make each one of those better. We've got to improve in our kicking units — that's punting, kickoff coverage, return game, everything. But we plan to do that and we'll do that in camp.” As Smart continued to reel off his main goals for camp, the offensive line didn’t even crack his top three. Instead he emphasized the passing game improvements he expects to see with sophomore starting quarterback Jacob Eason coming off being thrown into the SEC gauntlet as a true freshman. And then on to pass rush, and the importance of creating turnovers.  The offensive line eventually did come up, however. And for good reason. The Bulldogs are looking to replace three starters from an underwhelming line last season, and possibly resting some of those hopes on some heralded true freshman. Not exactly a situation any coach wants when your team plays in the Southeastern Conference, where defensive linemen have been known to win National Championships almost on their own. But Smart seems to think some players who may not have seen the field much in 2016 have shown drastic improvements going into this camp.  “I don't know that they are going to be really young,” Smart said. “I think it's going to depend on how those four freshmen come along. I think inexperience might be a better word, but not necessarily really young. We had 15 days of spring practice to watch the kids on our roster currently. To see Ben Cleveland grow, Pat Allen grow, see LaMont (Gaillard) move inside, Dyshon Sims played a lot of multiple positions, a lot of guys have come on to start and help. Solomon Kindley got a lot better. Those guys we were able to get right there at the end. I got to see both those guys grow because you know, that class didn't have a lot of linemen in it like we wanted. But those two guys have gotten better.” As far as the big-bodied freshman on that offensive line, Smart says patience will be key.  “Now the influx of these four, including now the junior college kid, D'Marcus Hayes that was here, we've got more depth and competition across the board. It's not necessarily saying, do you have the pieces to the puzzle. It's where do the pieces to the puzzle go, and we've got to figure that out early on. I think if you make a decision on day three or four, you can make a fatal decision and put a guy somewhere he doesn't belong, and you can put him up too fast.” Entering year two as the most popular - or at times most unpopular - man in Georgia, Smart will not have to deal with another season of firsts. But that hasn’t allowed him to be completely comfortable behind the wheel. In fact, he may never be comfortable, or even want to be remotely comfortable.  “I don't think you ever feel different when you're coming into a season because every team is different. It's a different set of problems, a different set of issues. Like I said, our biggest concern is what are our areas of focus and how do we get better at them.” Little will be known until September 2nd in Sanford Stadium around 8:30pm. That’s about the time the Bulldogs should be kicking off (hopefully receiving)  the second half of their opening game against Appalachian State. Lots of sound bytes will come out between now and then. Lots of speculations will be written and highly discussed. But for folks that need to see it to believe it, circle that date and that time. Now just 33 days away. 

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  • ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia soccer defeated High Point, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon for the Bulldogs’ first win of the 2017 season.   In the 71st minute, Maddie Burdick passed to Caroline Chipman, who played the ball into the box, allowing Katie MacGinnitie to kick it into the back of the net, putting the Bulldogs up 1-0.   “We’re happy to come away with the win,” Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said. “I think our effort was there, just as it was Friday night against Wake Forest, but today we ended up grinding it out and getting a hard-worked goal. It was not a thing of beauty but the players kept it alive until Katie was able to put it away. It was a really nice finish and a determined effort at the end of the field.”   Georgia (1-1) controlled the ball offensively throughout the first half of the game, taking nine shots to High Point’s (1-1) one, but the score remained 0-0 after the first 45 minutes of play.    The Bulldogs came out determined in the second half, continuing to control possession.    High Point’s best chance for the equalizer came seven minutes after Georgia took the 1-0 lead with a penalty kick that hit the left goal post and went wide.   Georgia hits the road for the first time this season when the team travels to take on Charlotte on Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m. before continuing onto Blacksburg, Virginia to play the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday, August 27 at 2 p.m.   Fans now have the opportunity to enjoy Georgia soccer games with a UGA soccer seatback. The seatbacks are thick and comfortable, and can be purchased at the Fan Info table located in the plaza of the Turner Soccer Complex for $5 per game. You can also save $15 by purchasing a soccer seatback for all nine home matches of the season for a total of $30.
  • ATHENS, Ga.--- Three members of the Georgia soccer team have been named to the Southeastern Conference Soccer Preseason Watch List announced Wednesday by the conference office. Since 2011, the SEC has named a watch list in lieu of selecting preseason all-conference teams.     Seniors Louise Hogrell and Mariel Gutierrez, as well as freshman Katie Higgins joined players from each of the other 13 member institutions on the list. Hogrell receives the honor for the third consecutive season, while this marks the second consecutive season Gutierrez was named to the list.    Hogrell returns in goal for Georgia after playing all but 15 minutes during the 2016 season. She led the SEC in saves (94) and ranked second in saves per game (5.22). The Asa, Sweden native ranks near the top in several UGA career records following her junior season, including fifth in career shutouts (14), fifth in saves (262), and fifth in wins (21).    Gutierrez is back for her senior season as Georgia’s leading returner in assists with four in 2016. The Mexico City, Mexico native started all 18 games at midfield for the Bulldogs last season and scored four goals.     Higgins kicks off her collegiate career after leading PDA O’Reilly to an ECNL U-18 Northeast Conference championship and a quarterfinals finish in the national playoffs. The Andreas, Pennsylvania native was an early enrollee who contributed in the spring in preparation for the 2017 season. She started in the exhibition game against Auburn and took one shot.   Georgia will officially kick off the 2017 season at the Turner Soccer Complex against Wake Forest on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs cap off opening weekend in Athens against High Point on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
  • 960 The Ref’s Sam Franco got the chance to tour the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta United
  • LONDON --- Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas finished third place in the 200-meter dash to earn a bronze medal and top the highlights for the current and former Bulldogs’ performances at the IAAF World Championships in London over the last week.   Miller-Uibo, who won the 2013 NCAA indoor 400m title for Georgia, secured her third-place finish in the 200m after crossing the finish line in 22.15. She was one of four competitors who finished with times between 22.05 (Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands) and 22.22. In the 200m semifinal, Miller-Uibo tied with the fastest time of 22.49 and won her heat.    In the 200m opening round, Miller-Uibo ran out of the fourth heat and topped the field with a 22.69. This was the second-fastest time of qualifying for the 2016 Rio 400m gold medalist, who is ranked second in the world in the 200m this year.     In the 400m final last Wednesday, Miller-Uibo was part of the lead back and then stormed out to the overall lead during the homestretch. She slipped to fourth in the final meters with a 50.49.   Another host of current and former Bulldogs also competed at the World Championships last week in London.   A pair of Lady Bulldogs, one current and one former, competed in the qualifying round of the women’s high jump last Thursday. Former Georgia jumper Levern Spencer of St. Lucia cleared 6 feet, 2 ¼ inches to finish one spot out of qualifying in her group while rising senior Tatiana Gusin was 13th in the same group with a 6-0.75 clearance.   Three Georgia men, two who competed in 2017 and another who finished in 2016, competed in the decathlon over this past weekend. Team USA’s Devon Williams, who completed his UGA eligibility in June, scored his fourth consecutive 8,000-point total and his fifth overall after tallying 8,088 points for 10th place. Karl Saluri of Estonia, who is a rising senior, surpassed the 8,000-point mark for the second time in his Bulldog career with a season-best score of 8,025 for 13th place.    Fellow Estonian Maicel Uibo, who won two NCAA decathlon titles before completing his Georgia career in 2016, did not reach a mark in the pole vault after coming in at 16-0.75 and retired after the eighth event.   Williams launched the javelin 190 feet to highlight his second day of action. Saluri won his group in the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 16-4.75 to keep pace in the scoring. Uibo peaked on his second day in the discus with an effort of 157-1, which was first in his group and fourth overall.   After day one, Williams (4,222 points) was in 11th, Saluri (4,204) stood in 14th and Uibo (3,933) was in 25th place. Williams sister Kendell Williams, who also completed her UGA career in 2017, took 12th in the heptathlon earlier in the meet. Uibo married Miller-Uibo earlier this year after being teammates during the 2013 season.   Williams won his group in the shot put with a third try that measured a personal-best distance of 47-4.25 and then sprinted to the fastest 400m finish of his career (48.11) to stay in the mix on the first day. Saluri approached his career best in the 100m to finish third in his heat after crossing the line in 10.55 in his second decathlon of 2017. Uibo tied for ninth overall in the high jump after clearing 6-7.50 on his first attempt to pace his day one scoring.   Former Bulldog Kibwe Johnson also competed last Wednesday and finished 16th in his hammer throw qualifying group with an opening toss of 225 feet, 11 inches.