September 27, 2008

Lady Saints Explode, Down Lander 6-1

Box Score

Greenwood, SC - Kelly Martin and Lauren Schenk scored two goals apiece as North Georgia College & State University erupted for four first-half goals en route to a 6-1 Peach Belt Conference women's soccer victory at Lander University Saturday afternoon.

North Georgia improved to 4-3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Peach Belt. The Lady Bearcats fell to 5-2, 1-1.

The Saints opened the scoring in the 36th minute after Lander goalkeeper Rachael Hine made a point-blank save against Emily Hughes. With the ball still in play, Martin scored on a shot from the edge of the box off an assist from Laura Lane. Shortly after that, Hine left the game due to injury and was replaced in goal by Katherine Baltz.

Martin scored her second goal of the match in the 26th minute off Casey Smith's well-executed corner kick. Schenk scored three minutes later on a header off Danielle Brannan's assist.

With 13:39 left in the first half, Katie Turner blasted a shot from well beyond the box to make it 4-0 going into halftime.

Hine returned to the game early in the second half, but in the field, not in goal. The Lady Bearcats finally got on the board during the 58th minute when Christin Moss nailed a penalty kick past Saints goalkeeper Jessica English.

But Smith restored North Georgia's four-goal lead back when she found the back of the net off an assist from Schenk with 25:07 left.

Hine took a shot on goal for Lander when she got behind the wall off a direct kick from Moss, but English made the save.

The Saints scored their final goal with 2:23 left when Schenk found the back of the net off a pass by Erin Cummings.

North Georgia out-shot the Lady Bearcats 23-11. English had eight saves for the Saints. Baltz had six saves for Lander while Hine had two stops.

The Lady Saints return to action Saturday, October 4, hosting USC Aiken at the Soccer Complex with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m.