October 13, 2009

Lady Saints Cruise to 3-0 Shutout Over Hurricanes

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women’s soccer team played a scoreless first half against the Hurricanes, but North Georgia exploded for a trio of second half goals to defeat Georgia Southwestern 3-0 Tuesday afternoon in Peach Belt Conference action.

North Georgia records their straight shutout and improve to 6-3-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Georgia Southwestern falls to 3-9 overall and 0-6 in the league.

The Lady Saints had numerous chances in the first half, recording 15 shots, and nine shots on goal, but never found the back of the net as the Hurricanes battled North Georgia to a scoreless game at intermission.

North Georgia started the second period with a pair of goals in the first two minutes as Casey Smith took control, scoring at the 45:17 mark, and coming right back in the 48th minute to give the Lady Saints a 2-0 advantage. Laura Lane assisted the first goal of the game, while Smith’s second goal was unassisted and her fourth of the season.

The Lady Saints added one more goal in the 59th minute as Kelly Penston took a perfect pass from Danielle Brannan to give North Georgia a 3-0 victory. Emily Hughes was also credited with an assist on the play as North Georgia cruised down the stretch to pick up the conference victory.

North Georgia outshot Georgia Southwestern 26-3, while taking seven corner kicks to the Hurricanes one.

Kelly Martin got the start in goal for the Lady Saints and faced one shot, none on goal, in the first half, while Kirsten Ross took over for the second half and recorded one save. Amber Bahri went the distance in goal for the Hurricanes, allowing all three North Georgia goals while recording 13 saves.

The Lady Saints will look to win their third straight game Saturday afternoon as in-state rival Armstrong Atlantic comes to town for an all-important Peach Belt Conference game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Soccer Complex.