September 7, 2011

Dover Powers Women's Soccer Past Alabama-Huntsville

Contact: David Beall,

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's soccer team tallied three first-half goals on Wednesday afternoon on their way to a 4-1 victory over visiting Alabama-Huntsville in non-conference action.

The Lady Saints continue their early season surge, improving to 3-0 on the young season, while the Chargers fall to 1-2 and drop back-to-back games for the first time in two years.

After five shots with near misses in the opening 20 minutes, North Georgia finally broke through in the 21st minute when Taylor Lee sent a corner in the box and Natalie Douglass found a deflection, drilling home her second goal of the year to give the Lady Saints a 1-0 lead.

Emily Dover got in on the action in the 33rd minute with a chip just over Alabama-Huntsville goalkeeper Iris Gunnarsdottir to record her first score of the year to double the North Georgia lead to 2-0.

Less than 60 seconds later, Dover was at it again when Abby Trevino drilled a shot that was blocked right towards Dover and the senior headed home her second goal in as many minutes to give the Lady Saints a three-goal first half advantage.

After not recording a shot in the opening half, the Chargers finally put one on frame and they made the most of it when Luting Sun sent a free kick into the box that skipped over North Georgia keeper Kirsten Ross to put UAH on the board, cutting the Lady Saints' lead to 3-1.

Dover looked to have a hat trick in the books in the 80th minute, but the Canton, Georgia, native pulled the goalie out and played off a perfect pass to Kelly Penston, who finished in an open net to give North Georgia a 4-1 lead.

North Georgia had countless chances to add to their lead, tallying 30 shots, with 16 of those coming in the second half, while all nine of the Chargers' shots came in the second half.

Gunnarsdottir tallied nine saves in goal for Alabama-Huntsville, while Ross picked up just one save and allowed the lone goal for the Chargers.

The Lady Saints return to action over the weekend, traveling to USC Aiken to open Peach Belt Conference play at the Pacer Pit. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. in Aiken, South Carolina.