DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia’s Casey Smith has been named the Peach Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week announced this afternoon by the league office.
Casey Smith led the Lady Saints to a 1-0-1 record in the opening weekend, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist.
As a defender, the junior led North Georgia back in the final 15 minutes against the 24th-ranked Tampa Spartans in the season opener, scoring on a free kick before assisting the game-tying goal with under 10 minute to play to force a 2-2 tie.
Smith then came out against Barry University and gave the Lady Saints the lead for good in the second half with an unassisted goal that proved to be the difference in a 3-2 victory over the Bucs. Smith continued her streak of hot starts in 2009, having scored a goal in the season opener in each of her three seasons for North Georgia.
This marks the second straight year the Stockbridge, Ga., native captured a Peach Belt Conference weekly honor the first week of the season after being named the Offensive Player of the Week last season following a hat trick in the first game of the year.
The Lady Saints will play the final contest of a three-game road trip to start the season as they travel to the University of West Georgia to take on the Wolves next Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. The two teams battled to a double overtime scoreless tie last season in Dahlonega, as North Georgia is 1-0-1 all-time against their in-state rival.