September 29, 2012

Saints’ Bid for Upset Falls Just Short, No. 9 Pirates Hold on for 4-3 Overtime Win

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Last season came to an end for the North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament at the hands of Armstrong Atlantic State University.

The Saints (8-2, 1-2 PBC) gave it everything they had Saturday afternoon as they attempted to avenge that 2-0 loss and came close – tying the game 3-3 in regulation – but it was not meant to be as the No. 9 Pirates (5-1-1, 3-0 PBC) found the go-ahead goal just two minutes into the first sudden death overtime to hold on for the 4-3 Peach Belt Conference victory.

Kelly Penston scored her fifth goal of the season just over seven minutes into the game as Cicely Taliaferro aired out a long ball to Penston who baited the keeper high into the box.

The Pirates had given up just three goals prior to Penston's goal, out-scoring their opposition 22-3 through the first seven games of the season, but the nationally-ranked Pirates bounced back with three unanswered goals to end the first half.

Morgan Mitchell, who would go on to record a hat trick, scored the second and third goals for Armstrong to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead heading into halftime.

Three minutes out of the intermission, Abby Trevino netted her sixth goal of the season off an assist by Kelsey Martin to cut the defecit to just one, giving the Saints new life.

With the new breath of life, Kayla Croom tied things up in the 65th minute with a goal off a long header assist from Whitley Dover. The Saints would go on to out-shoot the No. 9 Pirates 5-3 over the closing minutes, but neither squad could find the go-ahead goal in regulation, sending the contest into a sudden-death overtime.

Armstrong Atlantic was able to take two shots in the first three minutes  of the first overtime and the second one found the back of the net as Mitchell recorded her hat trick off a corner kick by Emily Cattanach.

The Pirates barely outshot the Saints 19-14 with Armstrong holding an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.

The Saints will open the month of October with a home PBC game against the University of Montevallo. The game, which will be part of a men's and women's soccer doubleheader will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with the men's game to follow at around 7:30 p.m.