October 1, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release Six – Monday, October 1, 2012

Women’s Cross Country

Next Meet: JSU Foothill Invitational (Oxford, Ala. – 10/5)

The North Georgia College & State University women's cross country team took a week off from competition this past week but will jump back into competition this Friday, Oct. 5 in the Jacksonville State University Foothill Invitational held in Oxford, Ala.

Men’s Golf

This Week: Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate (Myrtle Beach, S.C. – 10/1-2)

The North Georgia men’s golf team returned to the Palmetto State this week after a week off for the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate held at the Sea Trail Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The tournament runs from Monday, Oct. 1 through Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Women’s Golf

Last week: Lander Lady Bearcat Invitational – 8th Place

This week: BSC Southern Shootout (Birmingham, Ala. – 10/7-8)

The women’s golf team set two school records on the links this past weekend as they finished eighth out of 12 teams at the Lander Lady Bearcat Invitational held in Hilton Head, S.C.

Sophomore Abbey Gill led the way with a personal-best 74 in the second round of the tournament, finishing in a tie for 17th place with a two-day score of 150. Gil, Catalina Olarte, Casey Truelove and LeeAnn Noble all improved their scores from Saturday to Sunday to set the school record for 18 holes (306) and 36 holes (621).

The women's golf team will open up the month of October in the BSC Southern Shootout at the Highland Park Golf Course located in Birmingham, Ala. The tournament will go from Sunday, Oct. 7 through Monday, Oct. 8.

Mixed Rifle

Last week: SEARC1 – 3rd Place

Next Tournament: North Georgia Invitational (10/13)

The North Georgia College & State University mixed rifle team hosted the Southeastern Air Rifle Conference season-opening tournament this past weekend with teams from Clemson University, The Citadel, Georgia Military College, 18th-ranked North Carolina State University and Wofford College all competing in the two-day tournament.

The event included all six schools competing in the air rifle competition on Saturday, Sept. 29. NC State, The Citadel and North Georgia all competed in the three-stance smallbore rifle competition on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Nationally-ranked NC State swept both team events in conference competition for the weekend with The Citadel claiming second, 21 points behind in air rifle and 76 points behind in small bore. North Georgia finished third as a team in both events. 

In the individual competitions, freshman Casadie Bragg led the Saints in both events, finishing fifth in air rifle with 577/600 and seventh overall in smallbore rifle 549/600. Sophomore team captain Cadet Luke Duncan, freshman Cadet Kyle Bailey and freshman Sara Howell combined with Bragg to smash the school smallbore record set just last week, raising the bar another 26 points to 2,184. Those same four student-athletes posted an air rifle team score that was just two points below the school record set last week. 

The combined air and smallbore team aggregate score was also a new school record. 

Personal records were also broken this past week, with Howell posting a new personal best in smallbore with a 544/600, while Bailey and sophomore Chris Tam posted new personal records in both air and smallbore. Bailey posted scores of 564/600 in the air rifle with a 545/600 in the smallbore. Tam had scores of 534/600 in air rifle and 514/600 in smallbore.

The tournament marked the debut of head coach Tori Kostecki as the conference director, and was the first competition held on North Georgia's new electronic scoring targets, including electronic athlete and spectator displays and a large screen electronic scoreboard. The electronic displays were a hit with family, friends, alumni and fans attending the competition.

The team returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 13 when they host the First-Annual North Georgia Invitational at the Ole Mill Range in Griffin, Ga., a USA Shooting Regional Training Center. The event will include college, high school, and junior club teams.

Men’s Soccer (5-3, 1-1 PBC)

Last week (2-0): at Anderson (W, 2-1); Francis Marion (2-1)

This week: Home vs. University of Montevallo (10/3 – 7:30 p.m., PBC Game)

                   Away vs. Georgia Southwestern (10/6 – 3:30 p.m., PBC Game)

The men's soccer team is currently riding a three-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s Peach Belt Conference game with the Falcons of the University of Montevallo. 

The Saints started last week off by defeating Anderson University 2-1 on the road before returning home for a key PBC win over Francis Marion on Saturday, Sept. 29. All three victories of the Saints current winning streak have been by a score of 2-1.

Chris Bishop recorded the game-winner in the 83rd minute of the Anderson game while James Dobbin came just one goal away from recording a hat trick in the Saint’s league win over the Patriots.

The Saints have one match at home this week and another on the road and both will factor into the league race. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Falcons from the University of Montevallo will travel to Dahlonega to partake in a men’s and women’s doubleheader. The women will get things started at 5:00 p.m. at the North Georgia Soccer Field before the men take to the pitch around 7:30 p.m.

North Georgia will then hit the road again, this time heading to Americus, Ga. to take on the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern on Saturday, Oct. 6. The PBC doubleheader on Saturday will start with a women’s game at 1:00 p.m. and the men will then play after at around 3:30 p.m. 

Women’s Soccer (8-2, 1-2 PBC)

Last week (1-1): vs. Pfeiffer University (W, 7-1); at #9 Armstrong Atlantic (L, 3-4 OT)

This week: Home vs. University of Montevallo (10/3 – 5:00 p.m., PBC Game)

                   Away vs. Georgia Southwestern (10/6 – 1:00 p.m., PBC Game)

The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team went 1-1 last week with a pair of strong performances.

The Saints started their week off by easily besting Pfeiffer University 7-1 on Wednesday, Sept. 26 before turning their attention to the No. 9 Pirates of Armstrong Atlantic State University. North Georgia was able to score the first goal of the game and gave the Pirates everything they could handle, but Armstrong won in the first sudden-death overtime 4-3. 

Like the men, the North Georgia women have two PBC matches this week. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Falcons from the University of Montevallo will travel to Dahlonega to partake in the men’s and women’s doubleheader. The women will get things started at 5:00 p.m. at the North Georgia Soccer Field before the men take to the pitch around 7:30 p.m.

North Georgia will then hit the road again, this time heading to Americus, Ga. to take on the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern on Saturday, Oct. 6. The PBC doubleheader on Saturday will start with a women’s game at 1:00 p.m. and the men will then play after at around 3:30 p.m.