October 13, 2011

Saints Look to Keep Momentum Against Mars Hill

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia is looking forward to playing Mars Hill College on Saturday in hopes of keeping the momentum of the 3-1 victory over Young Harris alive and well.

The Saints played a great game of soccer this past Wednesday and they are hoping that they can maintain that level of play when they travel to North Carolina this weekend for their last non-conference game of the season.

Saturday, October 15, 2:00, vs. Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC


   Mars Hill College Lions

  Body of work

Current Record: 8-4 (5-2 SAC)
Goal Differential in 2011: +22
Conference Current Rank/Pre-season Prediction: 2nd/5th
Last Meeting vs. Mars Hill: N/A: this is the first meeting between the two schools

The preview for Young Harris earlier this week showed some key concerns and question marks for this 2011 Saints' squad. Looking at the topics in the last preview will give an idea of how North Georgia performed and responded to these problems.

Remember the 6 goals?! It was interesting to note that the Saints offense was sputtering over their past few games. How did North Georgia respond? By scoring three goals against Young Harris at home. Those three goals tied the total they have scored over their past four games combined! After the Saints went off for a scintillating six goals against Alabama-Huntsville, the offense quickly fizzled out over their next four games. On Wednesday, North Georgia came out and looked like a completely different team, the one they can be, the one they should/need to play like. These Saints need to take this past game and use it as a stepping-stone for the finish to this season.

Shuffling Starters: Up until last night, coach Pat Parris had struggled to find a consistent group of players to put on the pitch come game time. With numerous things accounting for that factor (injuries, suspensions, losing, etc.), it has been a difficult task for coach Parris to solve. After scoring three goals in the last game and allowing just one to an upcoming Young Harris squad, the players he used responded well. Trying a variety of lineups, a privilege Parris has in a non-conference game, worked out to his advantage and his teams' benefit. Let's see if that play continues on Saturday and throughout the rest of the season. Maybe he has solved the problem.

Perform and Play: And boy did they respond. We saw flashes of the team that scored six goals, of the team that beat top 25-Tampa and of a team that we all thought they could be this pre-season. If this team can simply find a consistent level of play, they can be great. The highs (2-0 in conference, beating Tampa and Pembroke) and lows (losing to Lenoir Rhyne) have been interesting to watch; nonetheless, the implications of a young team. Hopefully this team realizes the talent it holds and takes that to use day in and day out. Odds are the results will look like this last one.

Mars Hill will come into this game having played some quality soccer. With a recent win over Lenoir-Rhyne, a team North Georgia lost to earlier this year, the Lions will play with confidence. This team also lost to Young Harris, a team North Georgia recently defeated, so this game should be all one could ask for. Let's find out if this Saints' team is going to finish this season the way its followers knows it can.