– With the North Georgia College & State University
women’s soccer team less than 24 hours away from the start of
the 2009 season, the sports information office has released the
media guide to the public.
Friday at 4:00 p.m., the Lady Saints will take the field against the University of Tampa for the official opening to the 2009 season. The Spartans, ranked 24th in the NSCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 are just two years removed from an NCAA Division II National Championship, and take on North Georgia for the second consecutive season. Last season at the NGCSU Soccer Complex, Tampa scored a pair of first half goals on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Lady Saints.
The University of Tampa will provide live statistics and live audio of the contest Friday afternoon as both teams play their regular season opener.
For the first time, the sports
information office releases the media guide with an interactive
view at www.SaintsSports.com. Click on the guide for a full screen
view and flip the pages to enjoy all the action of North Georgia
women's soccer on the web.
North Georgia enters the 2009 season picked to finish sixth in the Peach Belt Conference according to the league’s preseason poll voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches.
The coaching staff will look to two-time PBC Preseason All-Conference selection Casey Smith to lead the defense, while 2008 First-Team All-Conference picks Danielle Brannan and Kelly Martin will patrol the midfield. Lauren Schenk will look to continue her storied career as a member of the Lady Saints, having scored 21 goals during her first two years and earning All-Conference honors during both seasons.
Head Coach Chris Adams enters his seventh season at the helm of the Lady Saints, holding a record of 46-52-10 (.472) during his tenure at North Georgia. In 2009, Adams will look to lead his squad past the first round of the PBC Tournament and into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.