October 3, 2009

Lady Saints Fight Bobcats to Double-Overtime Tie

Box Score

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – The North Georgia women’s soccer team avoided their fourth straight loss on Saturday afternoon, battling the Bobcats of Georgia College to a double-overtime 1-1 tie in Peach Belt Conference action.

The Lady Saints move to 4-3-2 overall on the season, and 1-2-1 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the Bobcats play to their second straight tie, moving to 5-4-3 overall and 1-0-2 in the league.

In a game that was as even statistically as it was on the field, both teams played to a scoreless intermission as each squad recorded seven shots, while North Georgia was awarded three corner kicks to the Bobcats four in the first period.

The second half proved to be a different story however, as defense took a backseat for the first 11 minutes. GCSU struck first as Kara Teresi broke away from the North Georgia defense and took a pass from Lyric Burnett to place a shot past Lady Saints’ goalkeeper Kirsten Ross and give the Bobcats a 1-0 advantage.

The Lady Saints showed resolve by battling back just nine minutes later, using the freshman duo of Leanne South and Kelsey Martin to tie the game 1-1 at the 56:36 mark. Martin provided the assist on the equalizer, while South recorded her first collegiate goal to knot the score at a goal apiece.

The goalkeepers would be the story the rest of the way as Ross and Mary Rob Plunkett would keep the game scoreless in both overtimes to force the tie after 110 minutes of action. Plunkett recorded six saves for the Bobcats, while Ross shined in her first start of the year for North Georgia, notching seven saves in the contest.

The final shot total favored the Bobcats by five, as Georgia College outshot the Lady Saints 17-12, while the home team also held the final edge in corner kicks at 6-4.

North Georgia returns to action on Monday afternoon, hosting Anderson University at 3:00 p.m., a game that was rescheduled from a washout earlier in the season. The Lady Saints will look to get in the win column for the first time since September 15.