Bulldogs win 4-3 thriller in Georgia

Published 11:28 am Monday, August 29, 2022

Mississippi Gulf Coast wasn’t able to convert on all its chances Saturday, but the Bulldogs converted on just enough to win 4-3 at Georgia Military.


Alyssa Palisi (So., Diamondhead/Hancock) got a hat trick, including the game-winner, in a back-and-forth battle in Milledgeville, Ga.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox


“We got the win, but we didn’t play our best,” Gulf Coast coach Aaron Avila said. “We created a lot of chances, but just didn’t finish them.”


The Bulldogs earned their first victory of the season and Avila’s first in his new job after an eight-hour bus trip before the game. They are 1-1. Their second game of the weekend at Andrew College scheduled for Sunday has been canceled because of wet field conditions. Gulf Coast will head back to Perkinston a day early.


Palisi got her first goal of the season in the 23rd minute off an assist from Skyler Vance (Fr., Grenada/Kirk Academy).


Georgia Military tied before halftime, and the teams took a break at 1-1.


Palisi put the Bulldogs back in from in the 56th minute. Morgan Pickering (Fr., Wiggins/Stone) got the assists, and after GMC had tied it back up, she assisted on the first goal of the year by Morgan Westling (Fr., Poplarville/Poplarville) first goal in the 62nd minute.


Georgia Military (0-3) tied it up in the 72nd minute, but Palisi’s game-winner came three minutes later. Mariana Gonzalez (Fr., Cartago, Costa Rica/Colegio Calasanz) picked up the assist.


“It was a good learning experience,” Avila said. “There’s a lot of the stuff we’ve been working on in training, hopefully, they’re realizing the importance of that. They’re seeing that in a game scenario, which is good for them.”


Gulf Coast will be back in action Sept. 7 in a non-conference game at East Central. Kickoff in Decatur is set for 5 p.m.


For more information on MGCCC’s 11 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCBulldogs on Twitter and MGCCCBulldogs on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.