October 10, 2011

Men's Soccer to Host Young Harris Wednesday evening

Contact: Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia will look to gain some momentum this week as they step out of PBC action to play a pair of non-conference games. The Saints dropped their third straight conference game on Saturday, falling to Flagler College, 1-0. They have now lost three of their last four and have fallen to 5-5-1 overall on the season and 2-3 in conference play.

Hosting Young Harris on Wednesday will be another tough challenge for the Saints on their home turf. North Georgia suffered its first loss at home this season over the weekend and now look to pick back up its stride it previously owned in Dahlonega.

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 PM, vs. Young Harris, Dahlonega, GA


Young Harris College Mountain Lions Saints Body of Work

Current Record: 8-3 (no conference affiliation)
Goal Differential in 2011: +11
Last Meeting vs. Young Harris: Saints won 2-0 in 1996 in their only meeting

Separate Streaks: While North Georgia comes stumbling into this game losing three of their last four, Young Harris has won three in a row. The schedule strength of both teams is a polar opposite however. While the Saints have lost to strong PBC teams (a ranked Clayton State, a talented Flagler squad and a streaking Montevallo team), the Mountain Lions have beat up on the likes of Erskine, Milligan and Martin Methodist. That's not to take anything away from Young Harris, who also defeated Lander earlier this season and only fell to UNC Pembroke 1-0 as well. The point here is that the competition has been at different levels for both teams and both coaches probably would agree.

Remember the 6 goals?! It seems like forever ago that the Saints put up a crooked six goals on the scoreboard against Alabama-Huntsville. That's probably because they have only scored two goals in their past four games. The scoring has to start coming from somewhere, or the Saints are going to continue to struggle down the stretch. Young Harris is averaging about a 1.5 goals per game thus far this season, so the opportunities should be there.

Shuffling Starters: Coach Pat Parris has struggled to find the right lineup to put on the pitch over the past couple of weeks. With the offense as stagnant as it has been, Parris has been forced to try and find a group of players that click. He has tried a different starting lineup in their past three games. Having two non-conference games this week should allow him and his staff to try and figure something out before the conference stretch.

Perform and Play: This young North Georgia squad has to get back to just playing soccer. With the many distractions the team has recently faced including suspensions, red cards, losses and injuries; it has been hard to focus on the task at hand. The team has been known to overcome adversity, and it will be severely tested down the final stretch of the season. The team is young and the future is bright, as long as they stay the course.