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DAHLONEGA, GA – The 11th-ranked North Georgia women's soccer team used a trio of first-half goals on Wednesday evening to cruise by Anderson University 3-0 at the Soccer Complex in the final non-conference game of the regular season.
Hours after being ranked No. 1 in the latest NCAA Southeast Regional Poll, the Lady Saints improved to 14-1 and are on the verge of their first-ever NCAA Tournament birth. Anderson fell to 9-8 on the year as they will cap their regular season Saturday afternoon against Wingate.
Abby Trevino got the scoring started in the 28th minute when Emily Dover deflected a cross in the box by Caroline Wallace and Trevino was awarded with a wide open net and finished for her fourth score of the year.
After Wallace picked up an assist early, the sophomore got in on the scoring just 12 minutes later when Dover deflected another ball in the box and Wallace fired a shot past Anderson keeper Genevieve Hamilton to double North Georgia's lead making it 2-0. The score in the 40th minute was the fifth of the year for Wallace and her third straight game with a goal.
Just before the half, the Lady Saints were awarded a corner kick and Megan Morrow played a perfect ball in the box that found Leanne South. The junior headed it home for the third goal of the half to give North Georgia a 3-0 advantage heading to the half.
Head coach Chris Adams emptied the bench in the second half, but the stellar defense was still in tact, holding the Trojans scoreless as Kirsten Ross picked up her eighth win of the year in goal for the Lady Saints. The defense allowed just one shot a goal, a ball Ross stopped to preserve the shutout.
North Georgia tallied 31 shots to just five for Anderson, while the Lady Saints attempted 11 corner kicks on the night.
Following the game, the Lady Saints honored their five seniors that make up the most successful class in school history. Kirsten Ross, Danielle Brannan, Emily Dover, Natalie Douglass and Sara Kate Rogers have taken North Georgia to the next level and propelled the program to one of the best in the country. Together they have combined for an impressive 46-18-5 record over the last four years.
North Georgia also kicked off their latest partnership with Lumpkin County Parks YMCA and recognized the local youth soccer programs at halftime of the contest. Following the senior night festivities, the Lady Saints signed autographs and held a photo shoot for the youth soccer players of Lumpkin County.
The Lady Saints can now turn their attention to the biggest game of the year this Saturday when they play host to 18th-ranked Armstrong in the regular season finale. A win for North Georgia would propel them to a share of the Peach Belt Championship with the Pirates and the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming PBC Tournament which starts on Tuesday, while a victory for Armstrong would give them the title outright.