Women’s Cross Country
Following a two-year hiatus, the North Georgia College & State University women’s cross country team opened their season Saturday, Sept. 1 in the Young Harris Invitational. The Saints finished the four-team meet in third with three runners in the top-10 and six in the top-20.
Junior Emily Beusse paced the Saints with a fourth-place effort that saw her cross the finish line in the women’s 5,000 meter race with a time of 21:13.75. Freshmen Emily Roemer and Meagan Anstett also finished the race in the top-10. Roemer came home ninth in a time of 22:02.72 while Anstett finished 10th in 22:19.93.
The team’s next meet will be Friday, Sept. 7 when the Saints compete in the North Georgia Tech Invitational located in Clarksville, Ga.
The men’s soccer team opened up their 2012 season at the Clayton State Laker Shootout with a 1-1 record. The Saints fell 2-1 to Queens University (N.C.) in their season-opener on Friday, August 31 before bouncing back the next day with a 3-1 victory over Pfeiffer University.
Between the two games, the Saints out-shot their opponents 28-21 and held the advantage in corner kicks 15-8.
North Georgia’s next set of contests will come in the Peach Belt – Sunshine Challenge in Tampa, Fla. starting Thursday, Sept. 6. The Saints will face tournament host the University of Tampa in a 7:30 p.m. contest Thursday night and will then take on Eckered two days later at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Last week, North Georgia’s women’s soccer team opened their 2012 season with a pair of shutout victories Thursday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Sept. 1. The Saints kick-started things with a 3-0 win over the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Thursday before dominating Mount Olive College 7-0 Saturday afternoon in their own early-season tournament.
In Saturday’s match, six different Saints scored with Whitley Dover coming one goal away from a hat trick. Sophia Matonak, Kelly Penston, Kelsey Martin and Kayla Croom all netted their first goals of the season while Trevino found the back of the net for the second time to power the Saints past their opposition with a relentless attack that saw them outshoot the Trojans 25-10.
The Saints will close out their four-team tournament Monday afternoon with a 1 p.m. match against Belmont Abbey. Prior to that contest, the University of West Florida will take on Mount Olive at 11 a.m.
North Georgia will then travel down to Pensacola, Fla. for the West Florida Tournament Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9. The Saints will take on Florida Southern Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. and then nationally-ranked Rollins University Sunday morning in an 11 a.m. match.