Lady Saints Storm into Playoffs, Down GSW 8-0
Americus, GA – North Georgia closed out
the regular season in fine fashion Saturday afternoon, dropping
Georgia Southwestern 8-0 on the road in Peach Belt Conference
action, securing the Lady Saints a home playoff game on Tuesday
The Lady Saints (8-6-2, 5-3) lock up the fourth position in the Peach Belt Conference standings with the win, their highest finish since entering the NCAA four seasons ago. The fourth place finish sets up a showdown Tuesday afternoon at home against Armstrong Atlantic in the first round of the PBC Tournament, a team North Georgia tallied their first-ever victory against just last Saturday in a 2-0 affair.
Saturday’s 8-0 shutout of the Georgia Southwestern sends North Georgia to a perfect 5-0 against the Hurricanes in school history, having shutout GSW in all five contests.
The Lady Saints got the storm started early Saturday afternoon at Hurricane field as freshman sensation Danielle Brannan tallied her fourth goal of the season on a pass from Kelly Martin to make it 1-0. Tessa MacGregor doubled North Georgia’s lead in the 17th minute as she took a cross from Casey Smith and sent it home for a 2-0 advantage.
Sophomore Lauren Schenk took over midway through the first period, scoring goals in the 25th and 43rd minute to give North Georgia a 4-0 lead. Schenk runs her season tally on goals to nine with the pair of scores.
Katie Turner would add one more score for the Lady Saints before the break, breaking free with just 12 seconds remaining in the half on a pass from Rachael Peckham to give North Georgia a 5-0 halftime advantage.
Jessica English held the Hurricanes scoreless in the first period, recording one save in goal as North Georgia outshot GSW 23-3.
The second period saw North Georgia add three more goals to their lead as Kelsey Webb tallied her first goal of the year in the 69th minute on a pass from Lauren Hughes. Turner answered with another goal of her own just seven seconds later to give the Lady Saints a 7-0 lead.
With time running out, freshman Natalie Douglass got in on the scoring, sending a shot past the keeper in the 89th minute to seal a 8-0 victory.
Kirsten Ross saw action in goal during the second period, stopping both shots by the Hurricanes to preserve the shutout. North Georgia outshot GSW 40-6, and held a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.
With the regular season coming to a close, the Lady Saints will host their first-ever NCAA playoff game Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., playing host to Armstrong Atlantic for a Peach Belt Conference Tournament first round match up.
Peach Belt Conference Tournament First Round Schedule
#5 Armstrong Atlantic State at #4 North Georgia 1:00
#6 Lander at #3 GCSU 7:00
#7 USC Aiken at #2 UNC Pembroke 7:00
#8 Clayton State at #1 Columbus State 7:00