October 22, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release Nine – Monday, October 22, 2012

Women’s Cross Country

Last Week: 8th - Peach Belt Conference Champioships (10/20)

Next Meet: NCAA Southeast Region Championships (Charlotte, N.C. – 11/3) 

The North Georgia College & State University women's cross country team finished eighth in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Championships hosted by the University of Montevallo this past Saturday with eight runners knocking off time from the last time they raced in a 6,000 meter race.

Clayton State University took home its first-ever women's team title with 63 points, seven points fewer than Columbus State University. The University of North Carolina Pembroke finished third as a team with last year's women's team champion, Montevallo, coming home fourth. Georgia College, Young Harris College, Flagler College, North Georgia, Augusta State University, Georgia Southwestern University, the University of South Carolina Aiken and Francis Marion University rounded out the women's 6K race.

UNC Pembroke's Liva Mahaffie claimed the individual crown in a time of 22:36.83 and cruised across the finish line 10 seconds before second-place Kaley Glover from Montevallo finished.

Emily Beusse led the Saints improved her time by 19 seconds to finish 12th in a time of 23:22.23. The finish earned Beusse All-PBC Second Team honors.

Emily Roemer was the second runner across the finish line for the Saints, finishing 46th in a time of 25:24.53, knocking nearly 25 seconds off her previous 6K time.

Meagan Anstett and Sallie Davis finished within five seconds of each other with Anstett's 25:30.00 and Davis' in a time of 25:35.48. Both knocked off nearly a solid minute from the last time the team competed on the course. Following the meet, Davis was recognized by the conference as part of the PBC’s All-Sportsmanship Team.

Karley Barcus came home in a time of 26:35.43 with Nicole Shine finishing in a time of 26:43.15 and Connie Steinmann in a time of 27:08.93 to round out the scoring. Both Shine and Steinmann knocked off nearly two minutes from their previous times.

Alexia Miller and Lauren Turner also raced in times of 28:42.15 and 28:46.70 while Laura Knox finished in a time of 29:58.65 in just her third meet of the season. 

The Saints will continue training for the next two weeks leading up to the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships held in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Women’s Golf

This Week: at Flagler Fall Slam (St. Augustin, Fla. – 10/27)

The North Georgia College & State University women’s golf team is down in St. Augustine, Fla. for the Flagler Fall Slam hosted by Flagler College. The Slam goes on from Monday, Oct. 22 through Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Mixed Rifle

Last Week: SEARC 2 – 3rd / 3rd (10/20)

Next Tournament: Home vs. Columbus State (10/27 – 8:00 a.m.) 

The North Georgia College & State University mixed rifle team competed this weekend in the season's second Southeastern Air Rifle Conference tournament hosted by Georgia Military College.

In league air rifle competition, the Saints finished third just behind nationally-ranked teams from North Carolina State University and The Citadel. The Saints were only 19 points back of the Bulldogs and finished well ahead of Georgia Military and Clemson.

In NCAA air rifle competition, the top three teams finished in the same order as in the league competition, with North Georgia only 15 points behind the Citadel men's team but ahead of the Citadel women's squad. 

The top four Saints in air rifle were freshman Casadie Bragg, freshman Sarah Howell, sophomore team captain cadet Luke Duncan, and freshman cadet Kyle Bailey.

In NCAA smallbore competition, the team standings mirrored the air rifle competition, with the Saints led by Bragg, Howell, freshman Chris Tam, and Duncan. 

Individually, Bragg was on a roll this weekend as she broke three school records including air rifle with a 582/600 to finish second overall. She also set the school record in smallbore (566/600) on her way to a strong third place finish and completed the hat trick with a new combined event school record, breaking her own record set earlier this season.

Several members of the team had performances that were personal bests, or nearly so, as the team continues to work hard and improve.

The Saints return to action at home this coming weekend on Saturday, October 27th at 8:00 a.m. when they host nationally-ranked Columbus State at the Colonel Hamilton range on the NGCSU campus. Come see the Saints in action this Saturday morning and follow the matches on the real-time electronic scoreboards.

Men’s Soccer (7-4-2, 3-2-2 PBC)

Last week (1-0): 10/20 vs. #13 Flagler College (W, 3-1)

This week: Away vs. Lander University (10/24 – 7:00 p.m., PBC Game)

                   Home vs. USC Aiken (10/27 – 7:30 p.m., PBC Game) – SENIOR NIGHT 

The North Georgia College & State University men's soccer team earned one of the biggest victories in recent program history Saturday night as the men went on the road and claimed a decisive 3-1 upset victory over 13th-ranked Flagler College with two late goals.

The loss drops Flagler behind both Lander University and the University of Montevallo in the conference standings as the Bearcats and Falcons were idle Saturday. North Georgia is firmly sixth in the league standings

The visiting Saints of North Georgia never trailed in the contest as Daniel Bowlt scored his first goal of the season off a corner kick by Amin El-Shami in just the third minute of the game. 

North Georgia held on to the 1-0 lead for 16 minutes before Erlend Lofsgaard his own goal, cleaning up a previously blocked shot to tie the score at one.

The game, which saw Flagler lead North Georgia 20-12 in shots, but just 9-7 in shots on goal, would proceed into the intermission with the score knotted at one-all. 

Things appeared to be headed for overtime, but Gustavo Cunha found the game-winner in the 84th minute off a turnover by Flagler and sent a rocket into the net from 25 yards out.

As Flagler attempted to find an answer to avoid the upset, junior Tyler Daly broke away with the ball down the field and iced the score with just 52 seconds remaining as he scored his third goal of the season.

Kristopher Alonzo made eight saves in the game to record his seventh win of the year while Camp Bissell made four saves in his third loss of the year.

Women’s Soccer (11-3-2, 4-3-2 PBC)

Last week (1-0-1): vs. #10 Columbus State (T, 0-0 2OT); at Flagler College (W, 4-1)

This week: Away vs. Lander University (10/24 – 4:30 p.m., PBC Game)

                   Home vs. USC Aiken (10/27 – 5:00 p.m., PBC Game) –SENIOR NIGHT 

The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team went 1-0-1 last week, tying nationally-ranked Columbus State 0-0 at home on Wednesday, Oct. 17 before earning a solid 4-1 victory over Flagler College on the road Saturday evening.

North Georgia is currently fifth in the Peach Belt Conference race but are still within reach of overtaking Clayton State in fourth and Columbus State in third depending on the outcomes of this week’s final conference matches. The top four teams in the league will host the first round of the 2012 PBC Tournament.

The Saints are also currently ranked sixth in the first NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings released last week. The top six teams in the region will move on to compete in the region tournament, so there is still a lot on the line for North Georgia entering this week. 

In Wednesday’s game neither team could find the advantage in the score column, but North Georgia dominated the rate of play for much of the game. The Saints entered half time with a 6-1 advantage in shots over nationally-ranked Columbus State as the normally high-shooting Saints were able to get solid looks on the goal but could just not close the deal while North Georgia's defense was solid and took away any advantage Columbus State may have hoped for.

Columbus State's Mary Mancin made three saves on the night while Mallory Sayre recorded two saves of her own to work to the 0-0 result.

Sophia Matonak led all players with six shots in the contest as she was all over the pitch, helping hold down the midfield while also spurring the offense forward. 

There was never a question of which was the better team in Saturday’s contest as four different players scored for North Georgia College as the Saints cruised to a 4-1 PBC road victory over Flagler College.

North Georgia went up 3-0 in the first half as Caroline Wallace, Matonak and Cicely Taliaferro all scored within three minutes of each other. Wallace spurred the scoring drive with her seventh goal of the season in the 25th minute off a feed from Abby Trevino, putting the Saints up 1-0.


Nearly a minute later, Matonak registered her fifth goal of the season before Taliaferro netted the third score of the half to cap the three-minute scoring barrage. Taliaferro's goal was her seventh score of the season. 

Nearly 10 minutes would pass into the second half before Leanne South put the game away with her second score of the season.

Flagler's Lindsay Zulio avoided the shutout in the 88th minute when she scored her fourth goal of the season. 

The two Saints were tied 13-13 in shots with the Flagler Saints holding a slight 2-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Sayre once again stood tall between the pipes for North Georgia as she made six saves in just over 76 minutes of play to record her 11th win of the year. Cristina Coca made five saves of her own to accept the loss in goal for Flagler.

North Georgia has one more road contest for the regular-season, coming on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The Saints will travel to Greenwood, S.C. to take on Lander University at 4:30 p.m. in a PBC soccer doubleheader with the men following at 7:00 p.m. The Bearcat women stunned nationally-ranked Columbus State 2-0 Saturday to keep the conference race interesting.