Lady Saints Poised and Ready to Battle Pirates
EVANS, GA - The 4th-seeded North Georgia women's soccer team is set to take on top-seeded and 8th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic Friday evening in Evans, Ga., in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
The Lady Saints traveled to Evans, Ga., on Thursday, leaving campus around 5:20 p.m., and arriving outside Augusta for dinner at 8:30 p.m. eastern standard time. Today, the team will endure a light run and stretch after breakfast, followed by a trip to the Peach Belt Conference Fall Festival Banquet at 11:30 a.m. where the league will announce the 2010 All-Conference team and the PBC Coach of the Year Awards.
After the banquet, the bus will make it's way back to the hotel before heading to Blanchard Woods Park for warmup time, followed by North Georgia's biggest game in school history against top-seeded and 8th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic on Field #1.
While the Lady Saints and Pirates go to work on field #1, 2nd-seeded and 12th-ranked Columbus State will have their fields full on field #2 with 3rd-seeded and 20th-ranked UNC Pembroke as the adjacent fields will produce the contenders for the PBC Tournament Championship.
The tournament title game is slated for Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., with the winner picking up an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. A live selection show to announce to the complete 48-team field will take place Monday at 7:00 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Tuesday's contest against Georgia College that ended with North Georgia advancing 6-5 in penalty kicks propelled the Lady Saints to their first-ever PBC Tournament Final Four. Sara Kate Rogers provided the winning penalty kick, while senior goalkeeper Jessica English stopped three Bobcat shots in the shootout session.
The Pirates and Lady Saints tangle for the second time this season as the two went head-to-head in Savannah earlier this year with Armstrong Atlantic coming away with a 2-1 victory. Emily Dover provide the lone goal for the Lady Saints as the junior transfer from Georgia State has now tallied seven scores on the year, including Tuesday night's running header to give her team a two-goal lead midway through the second half. North Georgia is 2-6 all-time against AASU with the Pirates holding a 20-13 edge in goals over those eight games.
Tonight's contest can be viewed with live statistics at SaintsSports.com, while photos, highlights, game recap, and a box score will made available shortly after the final buzzer sounds.