DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Still working towards being prepared for the regular-season, the North Georgia College & State women's soccer team took on an extremely competitive Emory University squad Wednesday night. Despite showing signs of brilliance, the rust still showed and the Saints fell 2-0 to the Eagles at the North Georgia Soccer Field.
The loss is nothing to be embarrassed by, however, because just a season ago Emory went 17-1-2 and was nationally ranked in NCAA Division III.
Also, last season, the Saints dropped their two preseason exhibitions 1-0 and 3-0 to UNC Greensboro and Rollins before finishing the season 16-3-1 with the program's first-ever berth to the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Emory found the back of the net both times in the first half and then was held scoreless in the second. Charlotte Butker scored first 12:51 into regulation with Jennifer Grant's goal coming 30 minutes later.
The Saints gave the Eagles' goalkeepers all they could handle with Kaele Leonard and Erica Stein combining for seven saves while North Georgia's stout defense only let through three other shots that required Mallory Sayre to make saves.
The Saints were able to utilize 21 different players in the contest, something that will go a long way to giving head coach Chris Adams plenty of depth throughout the season.
North Georgia will continue to train for their season-opener against Alabama-Huntsville on Thursday, August 30.
The Saints will then host an early tournament with West Florida, Mount Olive and Belmont Abbey all traveling to Dahlonega Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3. The first game of the tournament will feature West Florida against Belmont Abbey at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 with the Saints taking the field against Mount Olive following at 4:30 p.m.
The tournament will resume on Monday, Sept. 3 with an 11:00 a.m. match between Mount Olive and West Florida. North Georgia and Belmont Abbey will conclude the tournament with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.