August 28, 2008

Soccer to Open Season on Friday Night

Dahlonega, GA - The North Georgia College & State University soccer programs open their 2008 seasons on Friday, with the women at home against Erskine College, and the men on the road at the Mount Olive Classic. 

On the women’s side, Casey Smith returns after being named to the All-Region team after her freshman year in 2007. Now a sophomore, Smith had two goals and nine assists for the Saints as she started 17 games last season, and her nine assists were second most in the PBC.

Senior forward Lauren Cappy returns for her final season after another solid year. Cappy played in 16 matches, starting 14 and logging 661 minutes.  She scored five goals and added two assists for 12 points.

The men’s team returns Senior Jose Herrera who was named to the PBC All-Tournament Team and was one of only two players to start in all 19 of the Saints' games in 2007.

After losing a Peach Belt All-Conference performer in goal, the Saints will look to a pair of goalkeepers to step up this season.  Sophomore Stephen Smith, who saw limited action last season, will compete for the job with freshman and Serbia native Rade Tanaskovic.

The Lady Saints kickoff their season at the North Georgia Soccer Complex at 4:00 p.m., with a live stats broadcast at, while the men will start at 7:30 p.m. in Mount Olive, North Carolina.