MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – The North Georgia women’s soccer team closed out their season Tuesday evening, falling 2-1 at GCSU in the opening round of the 2009 PBC Tournament, dropping their first-round game for the fifth consecutive season.
The Lady Saints drop their second consecutive game and end the season at 10-5-2 overall, the programs most successful season in school history. North Georgia’s 10 wins came thanks to four and six game winning streaks as the squad received votes in the national poll for three straight weeks.
The Bobcats made good on the eighth shot attempt of the game, as Nevin collected a deflected Ally Treat ball and fired it into the left side of the net for a 1-0 lead, just over 29 minutes into the contest.
After halftime, the ‘Cats came out firing again, and less than 10 minutes into the second period McAlpin scored off a corner from senior Daria Owen to amount a 2-0 lead.
Not going down without a fight, North Georgia cut the lead in half with 8:53 remaining, when the Lady Saints scored on a corner of their own, as Casey Smith found the head of Lauren Schenk for the latter's sixth goal of the season.
The Lady Saints continued to dictate the pace for the waning moments, including a beautiful sliding and diving stab by Bobcat keeper Mary Rob Plunkett to knock a Schenk shot wide with less than three minutes left. Plunkett saved another hot shot off the foot of Smith just 28 seconds later, the final shot attempt of the game.
Plunkett finished with four saves in five tries in the win. The Lady Saint goalkeepers split halves, with Kirsten Ross taking the loss on a three-save effort.
Tiffany Urquhart – Flagler
Emily Hughes – North Georgia
Sam Dunn – UNC Pembroke
Emily Husted - Columbus State
Jamie Nevin – GCSU
Daria Owen – GCSU
Christina Barbour – Lander
Kendall Couch – Lander
Natalie Martineau - Montevallo
Denise Mannion - Montevallo
Paige Scott - Montevallo
Morgan Mitchell - Armstrong Atlantic State
Lianne Stricklen - Armstrong Atlantic State
Carey Patterson - Armstrong Atlantic State
Kristin Burton - Armstrong Atlantic State