Georgia Southern University’s first-round soccer match in the Southern Conference Tournament could have been Sara Oland’s last as an Eagle.
But the 2008 Greenbrier High graduate’s goal in the 85th minute gave both the senior and the team another game in Greensboro, N.C.
The goal, Oland’s second game-winner of the season, lifted No. 7 seed Georgia Southern to a 2-1 upset of No. 2 seed UNC Greensboro.
In the semifinals, the squad lost 4-2 to College of Charleston.
Georgia Southern went 7-11-2 and 4-6-1 in conference play this season.
Both Oland and 2010 Greenbrier graduate Lindsay Hammer were on the field for most of the Eagles contests.
The team advanced to the conference tournament for the first time since 2006.
Oland, who was a standout soccer, basketball and softball player in high school, scored four goals and had eight assists this season. She was named to the Southern Conference All-Tournament Team.
Hammer started 16 games this season as a sophomore, registering one assist from her midfield position.
Lakeside grad gives Dogs boost
When eventual champion Augusta State University matched up with the University of Georgia in last year’s finals of the NCAA Golf Championship, many local golf enthusiasts wondered why they didn’t see Brian Carter competing.
Then, they found out that the 2009 Lakeside High School graduate redshirted last season for the Bulldogs after playing his freshman year.
After his redshirt season, Carter made it to the final stage of U.S. Open qualifying this past summer, falling just short.
Now back in competition, Carter is making his mark. He had a second-place individual finish at the Northeast Tri-Match against Princeton and Army, which Georgia won.
He was 20th in UGA’s fourth-place finish at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship in Macon, Ga.
Most recently, Carter was 13th while helping the Bulldogs to a victory at the Old Dominion Outer Banks Collegiate in Powells Point, N.C.
Though UGA isn’t in its customary position among the top 10 in the Golfweek rankings, the squad is young.
It’s definitely a team to watch in the next couple of years.